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HC moved for reopening wholesale food grain shops in Koyambedu market

HC moved for reopening wholesale food grain shops in Koyambedu market
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Chennai, May 13 (PTI) The Madras High Court on Wednesday

issued notice to authorities concerned on a petition seeking

to reopen wholesale foodgrain shops located in the Koyambedu

market complex here, which was shut after it emerged as a

COVID-19 hotspot.

Justice M Duraisamy issued the notice to Chief

Administrative Officer of the market management panel,

Koyambedu wholesale market complex on the plea by Founder

President of Koyambedu Food Grains Traders'' Association, S

Chandresan.

When the matter came up for hearing through video

conference, the judge directed the Member Secretary of Chennai

Metropolitan Development Authority, the Special Nodal Officer

of Disaster Management and Mitigation, Commissioner of Police,

Chennai to file their counter and posted the matter for

further hearing to May 26.

Alleging that COVID-19 cases were detected among the

workers and traders at the vegetable market within the

sprawling complex, the petitioner claimed that officials had

closed the shops in the whole sale food grain market also.

Recently, Koyambedu emerged as coronavirus superspreader,

with number of people from far away districts contracting the

virus after visiting the bustling market.

Koyambedu wholesale market, the largest in Asia, attracts

people from across Tamil Nadu who come here to sell their

products or seeking work.

The petitioner submitted that there were 200 members in

their association engaged in whole sale trade of rice, food

grains and provisional items to retailers in Chennai.

While an alternative site was provided to set up the

vegetable market in Thirumazhisai near here, no arrangement

has been made for the food grain market, which is essential

for public, the petitioner pointed out.

Observing that the food grains market was functioning

separately and was accessed only by the retail vendors, he

said it can be operated through proper regulation and

monitoring by the market committee by adhering to safety

measures.

Already representations were made to the authorities but

to no avail.

Hence, the petitioner moved the court and prayed for a

direction to the authorities to grant permisison to open their

shops. PTI COR

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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