Salons, appliance repair shops in Chennai see crowds | Chennai News

A home appliance service center in Madipakkam had its busiest Sunday in a while.

CHENNAI: A day and a half before another week-long full lockdown began, the public huddled not only in supermarkets and grocery stores, but also in cell phone and home appliance repair shops.
In several parts of the city, customers came to the salons from Saturday evening to Sunday lunchtime. “It’s not clear if the government has allowed salons and spas to open in this short window, but the authorities turned a blind eye and most of the salons in my neighborhood were overcrowded,” said T Santhosh, a resident of Adambakkam.
M Murugan, who runs a home appliance repair shop near Madipakkam’s bus station, has received many work orders to repair mixies or grinders since Saturday, according to M Murugan. Some of the larger service centers even had queues outside.
“Home appliances in kitchens are essential. I came (to a repair shop) for regular maintenance as there is a full embargo next week,” said G Subha of Nanganallur.
People stood in front of pawn shops in areas like Madipakkam and Adambakkam to pawn jewelry to cover living expenses in the coming days as daily outreaches, roadside vegetables and fruit sellers would be out of business for a week.
“It would be helpful if the government identified such vendors in each neighborhood and provided carts to sell vegetables during the lockdown. Again, this is about a living,” said P Balamurugan, an activist.
Electricians, plumbers, carpenters and other skilled workers also flocked to hardware stores for tools and spare parts. “We normally buy tools and needed items on the working day with the customer’s money. However, due to the total lockdown, we had to raise money and buy tools in advance. It is not clear whether we can move to work. Some of us also work in Government buildings, so it is better to be prepared for them, “said S Karthikeyan, an electrician from Keelkattalai.


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