The mobile shop will sell essential goods including foods in all areas in Chattogram. If someone calls it, the shop will go to their localities to deliver goods
Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday launched a door-to-door shop to ensure people stay at home during the countrywide shutdown to curb the novel coronavirus spread.
The mobile shop service started from the Kotwali Police Station in the port city.
"We started the door-to-door shop system after receiving the information that, in most houses, daily essentials are out of stock and residents are unable to collect them because of the shutdown," Mohammed Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, told The Business Standard.
"The mobile shop will sell essential goods, including foods in all areas. If someone calls it, the shop will deliver commodities to their localities," he added.
Abul Kashem Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of the Panchlaish Police Station, said, "We have called upon the people in the city to stay indoors. We are delivering the required items at their homes whenever anyone calls on the CMP's hotline or our police station phone numbers."
Rafiq Miah, a resident of Kotwali's Nandakanon area and a beneficiary of the service, said, "We did not stock essential items. That is why we have been facing a shortage of different commodities since Friday."
"We did not go outside because all shops are closed due to instructions from police. After we phoned police on Saturday, they delivered products at our home."
CMP Commissioner Mahabubur Rahman said the city people are confined to their homes at the government instructions to reign in the spread of the coronavirus.
"CMP has initiated the door-to-door shop so that the people need not go outside. We have instructed 16 police stations in the port city to introduce the service. Police members are engaged in the service. Meanwhile, most police stations have launched the service," he added.
The country is on an unannounced 10-day lockdown to hold the spread of the deadly virus.
Chattogram so far has not reported any coronavirus case. The Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease at Faujdarhat has been conducting tests for coronavirus. One hundred and fifty beds have been set up in the port city to treat corona patients.