Navi Mumbai: APMC grains and spices market shut from today

NAVI MUMBAI: Following the complete shutdown of vegetables and fruits market yards at Vashi
APMC since Saturday due to corona scare, remaining two wholesale markets for grains and spices too will be shut from Monday as traders, transporters and mathadi workers decided to discontinue operations due to the rising number of cases.

The Panvel APMC has been closed from Friday midnight since social distancing was not maintained in the market yard. According to traders, over 300 truckloads of grains and spices are piled up inside and outside the market yards due to shortage of manpower to unload and load as many stopped coming to the market for fear of contracting the infection.

Anil Chavan, APMC administrator and secretary, said, “We have learnt that traders, transporters and workers decided to stop business from Monday. We can’t force these stakeholders to continue work. But we have sanitised and disinfected all five markets over the weekend.” The decision to stop work was taken after an APMC trader tested positive on Wednesday.

Kirti Rana, head of Navi
Mumbai Merchant Chamber, said, “There’s no scarcity of essentials. Retails shops at APMC will be open but workers and transporters are unlikely to attend. We expect workers to be back from April 15 if they are given transport.”

Mathadi leader Narendra Patil said, “We have demanded crowd management, a cap on number of vehicles and passes for workers and employees of traders and limited visitors.”

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