Mumbai Police distributes umbrellas to vegetable vendors to promote social distancing

Mumbai Police distributes umbrellas to vegetable vendors to promote social distancing

Mumbai Police, on Thursday, distributed umbrellas to vegetable vendors, who have been shifted to an open ground in Dongri area. Several markets were decentralised in an attempt to maintain social distancing as a precaution against coronavirus. The umbrellas are expected to provide shade to these vendors who are sitting on the open ground in Dongri and also promote social distancing.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the government has been taking various measures to curb the spread of the virus. After PM Narendra Modi announced a 21-day national lockdown, people had started panic buying which led to overcrowded markets in Mumbai along with the country. This seemed to defeat the purpose of social distancing. 

However, in order to ensure that the Mumbaikars maintain social distancing, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had decentralised major markets in the city. The BMC had partially shut down the Dadar market and set up the vegetable vendors across five locations across the city.

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

Meanwhile, vegetable vendors coming from between Mulund and Ghatkopar could buy vegetables at the Mulund octroi Naka whereas people residing in the western suburbs could buy the vegetables from Dahisar octroi Naka.

The retail vendors in Mumbai can sell vegetables from the market at the original location at Senapati Bapat Marg in Dadar. However, after there was overcrowding at the fruit and vegetable market at SB Road near Pramod Mahajan Udyanand, the BMC shut it down temporarily.

The APMC market has also been shifted by the officials to Kharghar after the vendors expressed their concerns regarding the overcrowding at the market. Close to 2,000 vegetable vendors have been shifted to a ground in Kharghar.