Koyambedu veggie market resumes operations

Chennai: After being shut for close to five months, Koyambedu vegetable market has ben opened today.

The shops were allowed to be cleaned and refill with new stocks in the past few days. The shops were opened early morning today amid huge cheers from the shopkeepers.

In the first phase only 194 wbolesale shops have been allowed to be opened. Sources said that at present 250 ‘tempos’ will be allowed inside the market at a time.

“Unloading will permitted only between 8 pm and 5 am. Traders can come and purchase vegetables between 1 am and 9 am. Public are requested not to come to the market,” sources added.

The market, which is one of the country’s largest perishable fruit and vegetable wholesale markets with over 3000 shops was shut down in May after it became a major Covid-19 hotspot in the State.

In a bid to avoid a repeat of the outbreak in the market, only retail traders have been allowed. Entry of general public is banned.

Ahead of reopening, the premises was thoroughly disinfected and lorries carrying vegetables were allowed to enter inside after 9 pm.

The Koyambedu market is opening in phases. The food grain market opened on 18 September and the opening of vegetable market is a part of the second phase. Flower and fruit markets will be opened later.


NT Bureau