Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: In order to resolve the issues faced by the residents of the State amid the nationwide lockdown to tackle the spread of coronavirus cases in the country, the Odisha Government has exempted many e-commerce companies from lockdown restrictions. The step was taken to ensure denizens stay at home and maintain social distancing.

In a notification issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, home delivery by operators/online delivery services such as Amazon, Flipkart, Swiggy, Zomato, Myntra, KFC, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Uber Eats, Blue Dart, DTDC, Big Basket, Grofers, UrbanClap etc have been exempted from the lockdown restrictions.

Similarly, retailers of food & grocery items such as Big Bazaar, Reliance Fresh, OMFED, OPOLFED, Chilika Fresh, Spencers etc have also been allowed to provide home delivery services during the lockdown in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

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Earlier on Thursday, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) created a pool of around 28 stores and outlets to home-deliver food items to avoid public gathering at markets and shops in the capital city.

The BMC roped in several leading retail stores/outlets for the campaign to ensure delivery of essential commodities at the doorsteps of the consumers between 7 AM and 11 PM from Friday onwards.

BMC also provided a list of the WhatsApp numbers of the responsible persons of different outlets to be contacted for placing orders. The list of outlets/departmental stores includes Big Bazaar, Reliance Fresh, Vishal Mega Mart, Aadhar Fresh and many other sought-after stores in the capital city.

In order to avail services from nearby outlets, consumers will have to send the list of the required essential commodities along with the local address where the order is to be delivered. Consumers can also pay the billing amount after receiving the order/consignment at the mentioned delivery address from the nearest store.

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However, BMC has clarified that no phone calls shall be entertained in the entire process.

Besides, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation had also ordered retail chains situated in the millennium city to facilitate doorstep delivery of essential commodities. As per reports, the CMC has directed 11 malls in the city for door-to-door delivery of food items and other daily commodities to the residents.

A total of eight outlets of Reliance Fresh, three stores of Metto Super Market and one outlet of Big Bazaar are among the ones that will provide doorstep delivery across Cuttack, added reports.

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