Total lockdown triggers panic buying in Kohima, Dimapur

Total lockdown triggers panic buying in Kohima, Dimapur
One of the busiest intersections at old MLA junction, Kohima wears a deserted look. (NP)
KOHIMA, MAY 11 (NPN): | Publish Date: 5/11/2021 1:42:56 PM IST


 News about total lockdown in Nagaland (from 6 p.m. May 14 to May 21) spread like wildfire, and triggering thousands of people to rush off to stock essential items both in the state capital Kohima and commercial hub Dimapur. 

Many commodities especially varieties of vegetables including cereals were immediately sold. The panic buying has also pushed up prices of many items. The current panic buying potentially leads artificial scarcity and profiteering, if the past serve as any lesson.
In a sellers market the buyer has hardly any choice as prices of some scarce items soared. 
Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing went for a toss when people made a mad scramble to pick up their requirements. There were reports of some shops selling out their entire stock, especially fresh vegetables, meat and other essential commodities.
Meanwhile, appealing to the people not to panic, Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) president Zhatuo Rutsa assured that supply chain for essential commodities was still intact and that there was enough stock of food supplies in the city.
He also urged the people to avoid panic buying as the upcoming lockdown would last only a week.
He also explained that the suddenness of the lockdown announcement had led people to make a bee-line for vegetable stalls. There was brief shortage but Rutsa said as the market was supplied with commodities based on the daily stock clearance, the supply would not be interrupted.
Earlier, due to ongoing partial lockdown still in effect, Kohima wore a deserted look. Most of the major intersections were empty and, barring a few pharmacies, all the shops were closed. This led to a sharp drop in pedestrian and vehicular movements.

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