The decision to close retail shops at the Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex in view of the new restrictions announced by the state government will probably result in bigger crowds at the remaining wholesale shops and may lead to a rise in prices of vegetables. The semi-wholesale vegetable traders association said the decision was taken without consulting them, possibly rendering about 10,000 people jobless.
President of the Koyambedu Semi Wholesale Vegetable Traders Association S.S. Muthukumar has expressed his concern that a crisis-like situation had developed regarding the increase of Covid cases. “Of the 1,960 shops in the vegetable section, hardly 200 are going to function catering to the same volume of customers. These shops would be cramped,” he said. He predicted that a spike in prices of vegetables would be unavoidable. “Moreover, we were not consulted about any alternate site in the city where we continue our business temporarily,” he told timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
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