Officials ordered to allow vendors to sell fruits and vegetables

Chennai Corporation will permit 5,000 more mobile units to sell essential goods

The Greater Chennai Corporation will permit an additional 5,000 mobile units to sell essential commodities to residents during the lockdown. Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi ordered officials in all 15 zones to give permits for vendors to sell essential commodities, including vegetables and fruits, in all residential neighborhoods.

On Monday, as many as 1,689 mobile shops were permitted in the city, selling vegetables, fruits, eggs, flowers and bread. The prices of fruits and vegetables reduced on Monday because of the regulation of prices of commodities at the mobile shops, an official said.

“Initially, vendors in 2,500 mobile units were expected to sell essential commodities. The number will increase tomorrow,” Bedi told The Hindu. Officials have started talking to traders to facilitate the sale of essential commodities through mobile shops.

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