A petition filed in the Gujarat high court has challenged the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) sudden decision to stop the sale of vegetables, fruits and groceries in the city. The decision to close shops of vegetable and grocery vendors from May 7 to 15 had led to a large surge of crowd in the city as people scrambled to stock up on essentials. This resulted in social distancing norms being broken leading to the fear of more infections.
The petition filed by an advocate has called the shutting of shops as a violation of constitutional rights. The petition states that while the Centre’s guidelines said the shops selling essential goods have to be closed only by 7 pm, on May 6, 5 pm, the AMC suddenly announced closure of grocery and vegetable shops from May 7 onwards. This, the petition said led to people coming out of their homes to buy groceries and vegetables resulting in violation of lockdown and social distancing norms.
It should be noted that Ahmedabad is one of the worst affected districts as far as Covid19 cases are concerned.