Pune: Milk supply and distribution in the city remained unaffected on the first day of lockdown on Tuesday (July 14). Since the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Pune District Administration has permitted milk distributors to operate, the strict lockdown didn't cause any inconvenience to citizens. About 10 lakh litres of milk was supplied and distributed in the city on a single day on Tuesday.
Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad cities need a supply of 15 lakh litres of milk every day during normal operational days. Since the lockdown was imposed in March, the milk demand has reduced by 5 lakh litres daily. Most schools, colleges, offices, commercial complexes, hostels are closed due to the lockdown, due to which the business activities have come to a halt. Thereby bringing down demand for milk and milk products in the city.
During the first, second and third phases of lockdown in March, April and May, milk supplies and distribution operations were affected severely in several parts of the city. Arbitrary orders prohibiting home delivery of milk packets were issued by the city police which created confusion and panic among citizens. Police officials invited public ire for such decisions. Large crowds were seen outside milk shops during the time slot allowing citizens to step out for buying essential items. However, during this lockdown (sixth phase) the civic and district administration has taken precautions to avoid such incidents.
The Pune District Co-operative Milk Producers' Society Limited (Katraj Dairy) was functioning normally on day 1 of the lockdown. The diary followed all norms set by the PMC, PCMC and District Administration and collected milk from the farmers.
Dr Vivek Kshirsagar, Executive Director of Katraj Dairy said, "The distribution network also functioned as per plan and customers received the milk packets in time."
Girish Chitale, Partner, Chitale Dairy said, "Milk supply stock was sufficient for the city on the first day of the lockdown. There is no shortage of milk in the city."