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
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
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
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