Mumbai’s APMC to keep market shut for a week
The Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee ( APMC ) will remain closed for a week from May 11 as a number of market functionaries and people related to the whole supply chain tested positive for Covid-19. However, the state government has asked traders to operate the market for two days on Saturday and Sunday and supply goods required for the city’s needs for the next 10 days to ensure no shortages.
The health department of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had sought the closure of the APMC on April 28, which was not accepted by the state government.
Some of the internal roads of the APMC, where infected patients were found, had been sealed. The state government has been trying to keep the supply chain uninterrupted to avoid profiteering and black marketing.There was growing pressure from local corporators and the mayor of Navi Mumbai for closure of the market. A meeting of all the stakeholders was held on Friday, which was attended by Anoop Kumar, principal secretary (marketing).
“We have decided to screen all the market functionaries of the APMC and test those found to be having symptoms of Covid-19. Traders will bear the cost of their Covid-19 test, while the APMC will bear the cost of Covid-19 test of other market functionaries. Anoop Kumar, principal secretary (marketing), Maharashtra told ET: “We are not deterred by unfounded fear and scare-mongering. We have to take a reasoned decision and cannot afford to spread panic among the residents of Mumbai and the MMR region.”