Guwahati: Business in Assam’s westernmost districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri has been badly hit due to the closure of markets and wholesale business establishments in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar districts in the past few days because of a spike in Covid-19 cases in West Bengal.
Traders from the state have requested trade bodies and wholesalers in the two districts of the neighbruring state to increase business hours and open shops on an alternate basis so that there was no disruption in the supply.
The authorities on Wednesday decided to enforce a complete lockdown in Cooch Behar till August 8. In Alipurduar, the local trade body announced a five-day shutdown from Tuesday.
As per an official of the traders’ body from the state said, “The business volume between the three districts and the two districts from West Bengal is worth around Rs 1.5 crore daily. Vegetables, grocery items, electrical goods, hardware items and garments are sent to the lower Assam from the two districts in Bengal.”
Ashim Roy, a wholesaler from Dhubri district, said: “The disruption in the supply of products has affected the business badly. We are getting orders but failed to supply in our local markets. As it takes a couple of hours to reach the goods from there, the irregularity has caused a lot of incontinence.”
Prasenjit Dey, the secretary of the Alipurduar Chamber of Commerce, said that owing to the situation, business on both sides has been affected highly.