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Coronavirus Pandemic: Supply of Milk in Mumbai impacted

Coronavirus Pandemic: Supply of Milk in Mumbai impacted

The nCOVID-19 outbreak has impacted the supply of milk across Mumbai and neighbouring areas. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mumbai and its surrounding regions received 30 lakh litres less than its usual daily supply. As a result of this, milk companies were able to supply milk only to supermarkets.

Milk is an essential product for the retail shops as they earn a considerable amount of money from supplying the same. On average, the daily consumption of Mumbai and the surrounding areas is 80 lakh litres of milk. The suppliers for which consist of brands such as Gokul, Warna, Amul, Mother Dairy, Prabhat, Govardhan along with the local dairies across the city.

The companies contribute to the distribution of up to 45 lakh litre whereas 35 lakh litre is distributed by local dairies and retail shops. According to reports, the distribution of close to 25-30 lakh litres in Mumbai has been disrupted. Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had asked people not to panic after the announcement of a 21-day lockdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He had assured that the essential services will not be affected by the lockdown. But the distribution of milk and other supplies seem to have been disrupted.

The hindrance has been attributed to the unavailability public transport, which is used by the workers to reach to the milk processing centres. On the other hand, some of the shops have closed down stating that they wouldn't keep their shops open just for the sale of milk.

In a bid to ensure smooth transport for vehicles carrying essential goods or employees of essential services, CM Thackeray had said that the private vehicles should have a sticker of the company on the windshield of the vehicle.

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