Pune: Marketplaces like Mandai, Tulshibaug and Hong Kong lane in the city reopened for business on Friday after a long break of around 2.5 months due to the lockdown imposed for containing coronavirus spread. Women were seen shopping at these places although in fewer numbers than usual and no fervour.
Shopkeepers were also cautious in their approach with almost all of them wearing masks and using hand sanitisers. Some shopkeepers had also kept sanitisers outside their shop so that customers can use it.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has allowed reopening of these marketplaces on odd-even (P1-P2) basis. On any road aligned along the East-West direction, the PMC has decided that shops on the north side will open on odd dates, while shops on the south side will open on even dates.
Similarly, if the road is aligned South-North direction, then shops on East side will open on even dates and shops on West side will open on odd dates. But shopkeepers were confused regarding this rule and as a result shop on both sides of the roads were seen operational. Hawkers were also seen occupying roadside pavements.
Shops which opened in Tulshibaug area comprised mainly of clothes, jewellery, bags, accessories and home appliances. Most of the customers were seen wearing masks and using gloves and hand sanitizers, but many of them had forgotten to maintain social distancing.
Pune police on Friday again closed down all roads leading to the micro-containment zones. Tilak Road, Bajirao Road, Deccan, Jangali Maharaj Road, Satara Road, Sinhagad Road witnessed traffic snarls on Friday. Traffic police personnel were not present at many junctions and hence many citizens were seen violating traffic rules.