CCP gears up to tackle festival rush in market

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Shops in the city market are already ready with festival paraphernalia.

Panaji: Since the Panaji municipal market is expected to witness a rush of people for the Ganesh festival shopping and with COVID cases peaking, it has been planned to shift the flower, vegetable and matoli vendors to a ‘safer place’ for a week and, thereby, decongest the market, informed the city mayor Uday Madkaikar.

Speaking to this daily, Madkaikar said that due to rise in COVID cases in and around the city, the Corporation of City of Panaji has made elaborate arrangements for the vendors selling matoli items, flowers and vegetables taking into consideration the social-distancing norm.

While the flower vendors are hesitant to shift in view of rainfall and for fear of losing customers, the CCP wants to shift them to a safer place and spacious spot for the larger good of the general public, the mayor stated. He said the lane, which is occupied by flower vendors, is narrow and congested.

“How can we let people brush past against each other while walking in narrow lanes for shopping. This may lead to spread of COVID infection,” he said.

As per new arrangements planned, flower vendors will be shifted to opposite Royal Food while vegetable vendors will be allotted space near INOX and matoli vendors will occupy the promenade opposite the Dempo House. This arrangement will ensure order in the market and free movement of people as well as smooth conduct of business by the vendors, the mayor stated.