Many illegal wholesale vegetable markets mushroom in Doon
These markets formed after closure of Covid infected Niranjanpur Mandi pose a major threat of spreading Covid-19 infection
After the forced closure of Niranjanpur Sabzi Mandi, the biggest wholesale market of Dehradun, due to outbreak of Covid-19 among its vegetable dealers many small wholesale markets of the vegetable have spawned illegally in different parts of provisional state capital putting the health of people of at a grave risk.
In blatant violation of all norms, the vegetable dealers are openly selling vegetables to the retailers and small shopkeepers in these new Mandis. These illegal Mandis spring to life after midnight everyday and the business ends before the sunrise when most of the people are still in their beds oblivious of threat they are exposed to. Interestingly the Dehradun administration has asked all the vegetable dealers of the Niranjanpur Mandi to remain quarantined at their homes but it is learnt they are not following the orders and are operating the business from different places of the city.
It is worth mentioning here that the Dehradun administration had closed the Niranjanpur Sabzi Mandi, the biggest wholesale vegetable market in the district on June 4 after many vegetable dealers and their family members were found infected by Covid-19. An estimated 10,000 quintals of vegetables and fruits are traded from this Mandi every day. After the closure of the Mandi, the administration decided to shift it to Maldevta village but the plan was aborted by the protest of the villagers. The Mandi was then shifted to Nanoorkheda area located on the outskirts of the city. Since the vegetable dealers and the retailers are finding it difficult to move to the new place, they have converted many open spaces on roadsides of city as small wholesale markets according to their convenience. One shopkeeper told The Pioneer that the new system though illegal is convenient for the vegetable sellers like him.
One can witness vehicles loaded with vegetables speeding on the roads of the city and residential colonies during the wee hours of the day. “I am an early riser and am noticing a small market on the Vidhan Sabha road from two -three days. In the Niranjanpur Mandi, the administration had undertaken sanitisation drive and other safety measures even then it could not prevent an outbreak of Covid-19 there. Now these small Mandis have sprang up everywhere with no safety measures around. Is the administration sleeping or it is waiting for virus to explode from these places,’’ asked a resident of Defence Colony.
When contacted by The Pioneer, the head of Niranjanpur Mandi, Rajesh Sharma said that the administration and police should act against these illegal Mandis which are a threat to the society.
Even as these small wholesale markets of vegetable have sprung up in virtually every part of the city, the administration surprisingly is claiming ignorance on the subject. The Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Dehradun, Arvind Pandey told The Pioneer that he is not aware that small illegal markets are operating from different areas of the city. He assured that the issue would be investigated and necessary action would be taken.
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 | Gajendra Singh Negi | Dehradun
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