Will have to shut down markets, if people don't practice social distancing: Mumbai Mayor

In a warning to the people, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar has said that if the people don't change their behaviour, she will be forced to shut down vegetable markets in the city.

Will have to shut down markets, if people don't practice social distancing: Mumbai Mayor
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The coronavirus pandemic has affected Maharashtra the most with 943 positive cases being reported. The worst affected region in Maharashtra is Mumbai where 536 people have tested positive. To curb the spread of the virus, a lockdown has been enforced and people have been asked to socially distance themselves and not get out of their houses without any reason.

While the government has been taking action against those flouting lockdown rules, even people who are going out buy grocery at vegetable markets too are seen not following the regulations. There have been reports of people not taking precautions while shopping for vegetables at the market.

In a warning to the people, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar has said that if the people don't change their behaviour, she will be forced to shut down vegetable markets in the city. She added that people won't be affected much if they won't be able to buy vegetables for eight days.

Earlier, on April 1, there was overcrowding at the fruit and vegetable market at SB Road near Pramod Mahajan Udyanand and so it had to be shut down. It is noteworthy that these vendors would set shop at Dadar and had to be shifted to the current place to avoid over-crowding. 

While the market in Dadar East has been shut down, the other places where the market was decentralised to remain open. The markets at Somaiya Ground, MMRDA Exhibition Ground, Mulund octroi Naka, and Dahisar octroi Naka are still open.

Meanwhile, Mayor Pednekar also added that people who have died from coronavirus must be cremated to avoid further spread. The BMC had earlier issued orders directing mandatory cremation for the deceased coronavirus patients but later withdrew it after intervention from Nawab Malik.

Pednekar said that Muslim leaders should not politicise the issue and think about the welfare of the people.

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