Temporary vegetable market begins functional at G. Corner ground

Tiruchi corporation had made all arrangements at the G Corner frounds to accommodate retail vendors of the Gandhi Market.   | Photo Credit: Moorthy_M

After a few rounds of hectic parleys, retail traders at the Gandhi Market in the city who had been resisting attempts by authorities to shift them to the temporary market set up at G. Corner near T.V.S. Tollgate on Tiruchi-Chennai Highway relented on Sunday. The temporary market began transacting business on Sunday evening.

As per the instruction of Collector S. Divyadharshini, the officials of Tiruchi corporation closed some of the gates of the Gandhi Market on Monday morning, thereby denying access to retail traders. They were asked to move to the temporary market at G. Corner from Sunday, which had been re-established by the district administration to limit the crowding customers so as to check the spread of COVID-19 infections. Only wholesale traders were allowed to transact business as usual at the Gandhi Market.

Though the retail traders were strictly asked to do business at G. Corner from Sunday, they visited the Gandhi Market and began trade as usual. But the Corporation officials curtailed them. To ensure shifting of retail traders to the G. Corner ground, the Corporation officials also began distributing tokens. But the traders strongly objected to the move, saying the action was discriminative, and would severely impact their livelihood.

They pointed out that the customers as usual would tend to visit the Gandhi Market and the wholesale traders would cash in on the opportunity to sell vegetables and fruits to them. There would be no need for the customers, after buying vegetables at Gandhi Market, to visit G. Corner. The retail traders urged the district administration to shift wholesale traders too to G. Corner Ground.

“Who will come to buy vegetables at a far-away make-shift location when Gandhi Market remains an easy option? There should be a level-playing field for all traders. It is better to shift all traders to G. Corner for the time being,” said M. K. Kamalakannan, a retail trader.

Since chaotic scenes were witnessed at the Gandhi Market with more than 300 traders raising slogans against the officials, additional police personnel were posted. Thereafter, the officials sought the opinion of wholesale traders on moving to the G. Corner market, where all arrangements had been made for the traders. Their opinion was divided.

Corporation Commissioner S. Sivasubramanian told The Hindu that as per the Government Order it was not compulsory for the wholesale traders to move to G. Corner market. However, many of them had come forward to move to G. Corner. Hence, tokens were distributed to all traders, who expressed their willingness to set up shops at G. Corner, he said.

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