Coronavirus Pandemic: APMC to shift vegetable market temporarily

Coronavirus Pandemic: APMC to shift vegetable market temporarily

In order to cater to the huge crowd and to maintain social distancing in the wake of the nCOVID-19 outbreak, APMC might shift the market to a bigger space. As per reports, the authorities are planning to move the market near Central Park in Kharghar. It was noticed on Saturday, that a huge crowd had gathered around the market to stock up vegetable and with this move, the authorities are expecting to overcome this challenge.

The authorities have been repeatedly asking people to maintain a social distance but that is they are not able to get desired results. As a result, drastic measures like these are being taken. The traders and workers had asked the authorities to shut the market as there is a constant threat of traders and workers getting infected by the coronavirus. 

Responding to the demands of the traders and workers, authorities have been finding ways to decongest and decentralise the wholesale market to other locations across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

A meeting was held between the market authorities, Shivaji Daund, Konkan divisional commissioner and Market Committee Secretary Anil Chavan. It was decided at the meeting that retailers will not be allowed to buy vegetables from the APMC market.  

With the market shifting to Kharghar, the people are speculating of a shortage of essentials. However, Shivaji Daund has ensured that there will be a smooth supply of essentials to the MMR.

Meanwhile, 300 trucks will be let into the APMC market which will bring the vegetables to the MMR. The authorities have warned that those not complying with the regulations will be fined and their permit will also be cancelled.

Close to 2,000 vegetable traders will be shifted to Kharghar for retailers to buy vegetables.

Previously, the vegetable market situated on Senapati Bapat Marg in Dadar was "partially closed" by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The market was closed by BMC from Saturday and the vendors have been shifted to other places in the city.

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