Chandigarh, March 27 -- Though social distancing is crucial in the fight against coronavirus, that seems to be the last thing on the Chandigarh municipal corporation's mind.

On Thursday, a large number of vendors were seen assembled at MC's office in Sector 17 for curfew passes, having long forgotten the Prime Minister's appeal to maintain social distancing.

Most of them sat outside the building in close contact for over half a day, waiting for passes to sell essentials. A similar crowd was seen outside the DC office in Sector 17.

While vendors rued the long delays in approvals with many even being sent home without passes, there was apparently no system in place to manage the crowd despite clear instructions of social distancing.