People in city outskirts rely on vendors for home-delivering vegetables

People in city outskirts of Harzatbal are mostly relying on vendors selling vegetables in load carriers at doorsteps.

People in these areas said the trend has picked post COVID19 lockdown as most of the grocery stores were shut since lockdown.

Residents in these areas said following the COVID19 shutdown most of the shopkeeper were keeping shops closed fearing contacting infection, and also owing to scarcity of stocks.

The residents said vendors who deliver vegetables and other items at doorsteps were coming to their rescue amid the lockdown. The vegetable vendors said that as people prefer to stay homes they find no business in vegetable markets of Srinagar which has led them to opt for delivering vegetables and other items at doorsteps, mostly in the non-red zone areas.

“I used to sell vegetables in the market near Dargah shrine, but ever since the lockdown, we were not allowed to go there. Along with my brother, I’m selling vegetables in a load carrier in Hazratbal areas. We have to earn and people have to eat. I think it is helping us as well as costumers,” said Nazir Ahmed, who sells vegetable in Gasoo locality of Hazratbal.

“We usually cover the areas around Tailbal, Burzahama, Batapora for few hours every day. The business is not that good but it is better than staying home and spoiling all the stock that we had purchased or cultivated on our farms,” he said.

The locals said the vendors were coming as a convenient and safe option if social distances and other health protocols were followed during the purchase.

“Since the time lockdown was implemented, the shops are not opening and people are left in lurch due to unavailability of essentials. From past few weeks these grocery vendors are compensating for the closed shops. If every citizen follows the protocol and maintain social distancing, this is a good option as these vendors deliver items on doorstep,” said Abdul Rehman, a resident of Burzahama. “Although in our areas most of the people maintain kitchen gardens, given the daily consumption and the fact that everyone is not home growing vegetables we have to buy from outside. Government should come up with a mechanism which will help delivery of other essentials at doorsteps.”

Srinagar administration recently pressed a fleet of cargo autos to deliver essentials in red zone areas witnessing strict lockdown. The entry and exit points of these areas are sealed.