APMC market to remain shut from May 11-17

During this period, there won't be any sales of food grains, vegetables, fruits, onion-potato and spice. Further, officials are planning to sanitise all the markets and conduct tests to ensure safety.

APMC market to remain shut from May 11-17
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In a recent development, it was announced that Vashi-based APMC Market will remain closed from May 11 to 17, 2020, keeping the increasing number of coronavirus cases in mind.

Reports state that 185 out of the 485  cases reported in Navi Mumbai are related to the traders and contacts of APMC vendors, and this decision was taken after senior officials and traders met to understand ways to tackle the coronavirus spread amongst their members.

The decision to keep the APMC market open was taken by traders and Mathadi workers so that Mumbai would not run out of basic necessities. During this period, there won't be any sales of food grains, vegetables, fruits, onion-potato and spice. Further, officials are planning to sanitise all the markets to ensure safety. 

However, the APMC administration has decided to close the APMC market after a meeting of Mathadi workers and traders to prevent the spread of community infection as 50 corona patients were found in the APMC.

Earlier, the markets were opened keeping traders' demands and suggestions in mind, but after observing an increase in the number of cases the trade associations demanded that the APMC administration keep the markets closed. Officials also stated that once the markets are closed for a week, around 18,000 to 20,000 workers, traders and transporters will be screened for coronavirus and those who show symptoms will be barred from entering the market. 

Anoop Kumar, State principal secretary who handles the marketing division, stated that the team has ensured enough supply of essentials is made before the market is shut. Addressing this further, Sanjay Pansare, Trader and APMC director added that the plans are being made keeping the regular supply in mind, and the team is focused on ensuring that Mumbai and surrounding regions have sufficient stock. 

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