Ban on retail sale of veggies, fruits at Vallah market

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 8

The district administration on Wednesday banned retail sale of vegetable at the wholesale market at Vallah area. Entry of both, retail customers and sellers was banned at the vegetable and fruit market. The decision was taken after Deputy Commissioner Shivdular Singh Dhillon paid a visit to the market on Tuesday.

The number of retail customers had been extremely high at the market thus to avoid mass gathering and to check spread of virus in the city, the step was taken. Kanwaljit Singh Pahwa, a commission agent, said visiting officials were alarmed at the arrival of customers in huge numbers at the market.

He said no vegetable consignment was coming from outside the district and all the supply was made through local vegetable growers. Meeting a long pending demand of traders and growers, the local Market Committee had also installed sanitisation gadgets for disinfecting each consignment of vegetables arriving at the market.

Meanwhile, people continued to take precaution and remained indoors as police officials were seen deployed at various roads, keeping a watch on curfew violation.

Though, most of the people bought essential items through delivery boys roped in by the administration and vendors visiting house to house, some people ventured out to procure medicines and others essential items.

A large number of women were also seen in front of bank branches to withdraw the amount that was credited to their Jan Dhan accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana in view of the ongoing 21-day countrywide lockdown.

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