Odisha To Allow E-Commerce Deliveries

As per an official notification by the state government, all e-commerce platforms including Amazon, Flipkart, BigBasket, Grofers and food aggregators such as Swiggy, Zomato, along with their third-party logistics partners, will be allowed to resume operations in the state during the second phase of the lockdown.

Although other states in the country have only allowed the delivery of essential goods and medicines during the lockdown, Odisha has chosen to differ from the norm by giving a green light to all goods through e-commerce platforms.

Additionally, the state has also allowed logistics companies such as DTDC, BlueDart among others to resume operations.

“We welcome the directive… E-commerce has an important role to play in helping families stay home and stay safe,” a Snapdeal spokesperson said.

Food aggregators such as Swiggy, Zomato, KFC, Dominos and Pizza Hut among others will also continue to operate partially as take-away and home delivery will be allowed from restaurants and dhabas.

This notification was issued on April 13, a few days after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, via a video message, confirmed an extension of the lockdown till the end of this month.

As per official figures, Odisha currently has 55 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which about 17 patients have fully recovered.