Prices may soar as Chennai vegetables hub closes due to Covid restrictions

Fruit and vegetable prices are expected to rise as nearly 2,000 retail vegetable and fruit shops are likely to be closed in Chennai's largest vegetable market at Koyambedu, following Covid restrictions. Wholesale fruit and vegetable shops would be functioning in the Koyambedu market and this would lead to people flocking these shops. The Semi-Wholesale Vegetable Traders Association said this decision would lead to nearly 10,000 people becoming jobless.

S.S. Muthukumar, President of the Koyambedu Semi-Wholesale Vegetable Traders Association, said: "There are 1,960 vegetable shops in Koyambedu market and hardly 200 will function which will lead to huge crowds in the remaining shops. We were not consulted on any alternate place for conducting business."

The Koyambedu vegetable and fruit market receives 550 to 600 trucks per day and a meeting held with the officials of the Housing and Urban Development department did not yield any positive outcome.


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