The AMC’s sudden announcement to not allow fruit, vegetable and grocery shops to function from May 7 onwards led to people coming out on the streets in large numbers to stock up on daily essentials. This led to social distancing norms being thrown to the wind aggravating an already bad situation.
But even in this, there was one section that had profited. Reports of shops selling groceries and vegetables at unusually high prices began doing the rounds. It also led to sudden traffic jams in various parts of the city even in areas like Bopal which fall outside the ambit of the AMC and hence its rules does not apply to it.
Potatoes were selling at Rs100 to Rs200 a kg while onions were being sold for Rs150 a kg. Chilly prices touched a whopping Rs300 a kg as desperate consumers waited in line to take whatever was available. It should be noted that onions and potatoes are often referred to as the poor man’s vegetable due to its extremely cheap price.
The sudden decision by the AMC led to severe traffic jams on city roads that had been empty of vehicular traffic for the last one month
Vendors started charging exorbitant rates for onions, potatoes and other vegetables as they knew that desperate buyers will buy whatever is available to them irrespective of the price
The sudden surge in number of people is expected to undo the gains of social distancing that was in force for a few weeks now