Meanwhile, Governor of Punjab-cum-Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, V P Singh Badnore reviewed the anti-corona arrangements with Director, PGIMER, Director Health Services and Director Principal, GMCH regarding availability of medicines and staff.
After the imposition of curfew, Administration had put in massive efforts to ensure that the backend supply chain and forward linkages of essential items including milk, vegetables, LPG gas etc. is maintained
It was stated that the residents can visit shops to purchase essential commodities in their respective sector markets. It was again reiterated that to avoid congestion in markets, vehicles will not be permitted.
In the morning, each CTU bus with driver, conductor, vegetable vendor and policemen arrived in various localities.
In Sector 44-B, residents gathered to take vegetables defeating the basic purpose of social distancing.
Chandigarh lockdown: Residents claimed that the phone numbers for home delivery on the list circulated on social media were either switched off or were constantly busy. In some sectors, milk was being made available through tempos.
Many VIPs have been bombarding the UT officers for curfew exemption for reasons like allowing a pass to vendor making fresh fruit juice, taking dogs out for a stroll, allowing their barber to come to their residence or passes for saloon women to come home and evening walks at the Sukhna Lake.
An order stated the “Chandigarh Administration notifies a lockdown in the territorial jurisdiction of the entire UT of Chandigarh in public interest with effect from 12 midnight on March 23 upto March 31, 2020”.