GUWAHATI, Aug 21 - Urging the people not to resort to panic buying fearing scarcity of essential commodities, the Kamrup Chamber of Commerce today said that there was sufficient stock of the essential items in Guwahati.
The trade body added that though the situation was grave due to the snapped rail link of the Northeast from the rest of the country, the road link has been restored and truckloads of essential items including foodgrains are reaching the city continuously.
The trade body, in a meeting with the district administration and the railway authorities, sought the cooperation of the administration and the Railways for monitoring the market condition and pre-loading of railway rakes respectively.
“The stock available with the wholesalers, semi-retailers and retailers currently would last for another 15-20 days and even more. Hopefully, the rail link would be restored much earlier,” chamber president MP Jain said adding the situation is not as grim as being projected in some quarters.
“There is no reason for people to go for stockpiling; and it is not wise as well, because the prices would go down once the rail connectivity normalizes,” he said.
The wholesale traders, however, are a little cautious in bringing huge consignments via road link due to the high cost effect.
“Ours is a consumer State and the vehicles bringing the consignments always return empty. So, we also have to pay them the return fares, which increases our costs. If huge consignments are brought and the rail link is restored in the mean time, we will have to suffer huge losses,” a wholesale trader of Guwhati said.
The traders, however, said that the situation in some other north-eastern states, compared to Assam, is graver.