Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Amid spike in Covid-19 cases in Odisha, hats in Bhubaneswar have been decentralised on Wednesday to reduce crowding for containment of the spread of the virus.

As per reports, No.1 vegetable market has been shifted to Unit-1 High School ground from today. A distance of six feet has been maintained between each vegetable stall. Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an order to all the vendors and buyers to strictly adhere to Covid-19 guidelines in the market.

However, vendors have expressed their resentment over the shifting of the vegetable market to Unit-1 High School ground.

“Due to space crunch at Unit-1 High School ground, most of the vendors are not able to set up their stalls. Almost half of the vendors have returned to their villages out of frustration,” said a vendor Alekha Sahu.

“Many other vegetable vendors have also demanded to open temporary stalls,” he said.

Notably, No.4 hat has also been shifted near Red Cross Bhawan earlier.

The enforcement teams of BDA/BMC with the help of local police are ensuring proper enforcement in a periodic manner to ensure adherence to the Covid-19 guidelines.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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