Call to shift sales of vegetables and fruits to open grounds after a Covid positive trader dies in Azadpur mandi

Authorities have sealed a part of the Azadpur wholesale vegetable market in Delhi, which feeds large parts of northern India, after a trader who tested positive for Covid-19 died on n Tuesday.

But Adil Ahmad Khan, chairman of Azadpur APMC, said this will not impact supplies as trading continues in other parts of the market with necessary precautions.

“We have sealed the area. The District Magistrate North has been told about the issue. We will be following the mandated guidelines for precautionary measure at the mandi,” he said.

Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy visited the mandi earlier in the day and interacted with officials and traders. He had not interacted with the infected person, traders said.

Officials said all those who came in contact with the infected trader will be tested.

Anil Malhotra, committee member of Azadpur APMC, said more than 295 shops in the block where the vegetable trader worked may opt to shut down.

“The Covid-19 positive trader used to come for approximately two hours in a day. Everyone is worried now as social distancing norms are not being followed by the people visiting the market,” Malhotra said.

He said traders want the government to allow them to sell fruits and vegetables in other places in Delhi such as the Chattrasal Stadium, Ramlila Maidan, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

The Azadpur mandi earlier relaxed restrictions on the number of trucks an individual trader can bring to the wholesale market.

The mandi was allowed to function for 24 hours and seven days a week. However, trading was allowed on alternate auction sheds, with traders directed to follow social distancing norms at their trading place.

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