Coronavirus Pandemic: Dadar vegetable market to be shifted to avoid overcrowding

Coronavirus Pandemic: Dadar vegetable market to be shifted to avoid overcrowding

In an attempt to decongest the vegetable market situated on Senapati Bapat Marg in Dadar amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to "partially close" the market. The market was closed by BMC from Saturday and the vendors have been shifted to other places in the city.

On Friday, BMC had earmarked 200 pitches for the vegetable vendors to maintain a social distance in the markets, with the policemen monitoring the situation. But soon, thousands of retail vegetable vendors visited the market at the very same time, and thus BMC's attempt at ensuring social distance could not be fruitful.

After this, a meeting was held in between the members of BMC officials, APMC market authority and police on Friday evening. In the meeting, it was decided that the market from Dadar will be shifted to four different locations: Somaiya Ground, MMRDA’s exhibition ground, Mulund’s octroi Naka, Dahisar’s octroi Naka.

Here is BMC's distribution plan:

Vehicles with vegetables coming from Pune and Nasik will go to Somaiya and MMRDA. Retail vendors residing between Ghatkopar and Matunga need to go to Somaiya to collect the produce, while vendors residing between Bandra and Goregaon will visit the MMRDA ground.

Meanwhile, vegetable vendors coming from between Mulund and Ghatkopar will have to go to the Mulund octroi Naka.

The retail vendors in Mumbai can sell vegetables from the market at the original location at Senapati Bapat Marg in Dadar. The BMC and the police planned the distribution of vendors to divide the crowd and maintain a social distancing so that people can avoid catching coronavirus.