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DMP provides daily essentials at doorsteps amid Covid-19

DMP’s Tejgaon division launched app “webbd.com” last week to deliver essential products at the doorsteps of its residents

Update : 13 May 2020, 10:57 AM

Police are doing their work as frontline warriors to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

The force has been dispatching essentials to the doorsteps of Dhaka residents.

It has also opened a page on Facebook to support needy and middle class families.  

Covid-19 cases are rising day by day in Bangladesh and in the rest of the world.  

Even then, many are going outside for daily essentials disregarding lockdown rules, which is one of the main reasons for community transmission.   

To prevent spreading the coronavirus, the police force is taking grocery items to the doorsteps of citizens. 

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner (Gulshan division) Sudip Kumar Chakraborty while speaking to Dhaka Tribune said they started a service which provides essential items in apartment buildings with the help of a volunteer group named "Hello Shop." 

At the ground floor of apartment buildings, they setup essentials items on stands with price tags. Residents of the buildings can collect the essentials from the stands themselves and pay the price amount into a box setup at the stands, Sudip said.

The official also said they have plans to set up such shops at all large apartments buildings in their division. But it will take some time as they have to take care of the logistics first.

A volunteer group "Swapno Chaka Foundation” has also been helping the police with home delivery options, the DMP DC added.

He said they are also supporting the needy and middle class families, who are in financial crisis and are unable to buy daily essentials. 

App launched to deliver essentials 

DMP’s Tejgaon division also has launched an app “webbd.com” last week to deliver essential products at the doorsteps of its residents. 

Biplob Bijoy Talukder, DC of DMP’s Tejgaon division, said they are providing grocery items on a small scale as test run, at the moment. 

Many areas have been put into lockdown due to the coronavirus, therefore, the app will help people in need, he said.

Primarily the service is being provided at Hatirjheel area, and they have plans to expand the areas soon.   

“There are some volunteers who want to do something for the society. Police, with the assistance of these young volunteers, will deliver the products to the doorsteps free of charge," said Biplob.

People will be able to order daily necessary items like rice, lentil, sugar, salt, and oil as well as baby food and medicines through this service, he also said. 

“We have selected some grocery and medicine shops where volunteers can collect products at the actual price. Once an order is placed, a nearby volunteer will collect the order and deliver those to the address with a bill and collect the money for the essentials only,” Biplob further said. 

To use the app, orders can be placed at this link http://webbd.com/. A person can register for the service using their Facebook IDs, and also  manually register on the app.

Meanwhile, DMP DC (Mirpur division) Mostak Ahmed said they have launched a platform called "KhojNiyechen" to provide grocery services to the ones who cannot go outside.

They receive orders daily between 11am to 5pm through three hotlines -– 01537551110, 01883422631, 01883422632.

The officials also said people from different income groups are calling them, seeking support for food and other essentials.

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