Enterprising school kids set up a website for essentials amidst the lockdown
Young brother-sister duo design www.bazicneeds.com
Mumbai, 11 April 2020: In this time of lockdown, two enterprising school kids from Mulund have created a website that lets consumers find grocers, vegetable vendors and chemists in their area, along with their google map link, directions, opening hours and phone numbers.
As of today, COVID 19 cases hit a total of 7450 in India of which 1276 were from Maharashtra. The lockdown which was supposed to avoid crowding, was at some places, unfortunately, causing chaos and panic along with crowding at supermarkets for basic necessities.
Multiple news articles show people queuing up for necessities for several hours outside supermarkets, in queues up to 1 km long and with no social distancing. While small kirana stores and vegetable vendors are relatively empty with no customers.
Russhil Chawla of Grade 9, Smt Sulochandevi Singhania School a computer geek and programmer along with his sister, Prissha Chawla, student of grade 12, Pace Jr. College of Science (ex Singhania School & IIT aspirant), were reading about serpentine queues outside D Mart in their suburb of Mulund since the last few days. They called a few people to understand why they queue up outside supermarkets instead of buying from local stores. The reply they received was that most were not even aware that small stores were open, and nobody knew which are the open stores and what are their timings and location. The brother-sister duo immediately decided to build an interactive website to make all this data easily available.
www.bazicneeds.com went live on 10th April and has already received several thousand visitors. The site offers information about shops they can visit and find what they need, along with important information like waiting time in grocery stores and timing of the medical stores, grocery shops, vegetable vendors etc. For any other information, the phone numbers of respective essential service providers are available. The location is shown on the map for convenience of the users to choose the closest shop. This initiative aims at avoiding confusion and panic and promotes buying of necessary goods in a safe and systematic fashion. All vendor numbers and timings have been verified. Many listed roadside vegetable vendors may be willing to deliver to your building security.
A vendor registration form is also provided for vendors to list their services. All Vendors are called and verified before being updated on the website.
The site was initially launched with one suburb (Mulund), and now covers Thane and Powai. More suburbs are being added gradually.
The duo aim to provide additional services, like Doctors, and Home Tiffin Delivery services. Soon, students from across the country would be able to enroll to build the database for the whole country as a crowdsourced initiative.
Check out www.bazicneeds.com
News Source : Suchitra Ayare
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