To counter the growing number of Covid-19 cases across the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to temporarily move the Dadar Flower Market to another location.
Since February, the northern G district under which Dadar falls has recorded a peak of cases. As of Wednesday, 62 cases were reported here, bringing the current number of active cases to more than 600.
Around 400 to 500 hawkers have their stalls at the Dadar Flower Market, where thousands of Mumbaikars regularly flock. Located just below the Dadar flyover, the market area becomes heavily congested during the day, making it difficult for authorities to enforce social distancing standards.
At a high-level meeting chaired by Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Wednesday, the possibility of temporarily relocating the market was discussed with senior Mumbai police officials.
Senior BMC officials said the city administration was considering two options where the market could be temporarily moved. The large MMRDA open ground at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and the Somaiya Playground in Sion are the two possible options that the BMC is considering.
“The mayor has called a meeting with the association leaders of the Dadar market and will inform the decision at the meeting tomorrow, after which arrangements will be made to relocate the market,” the official told the Free Press Journal.
“The grounds have large open spaces, so we will mark the locations and appropriate queues could be put in place, as the Dadar area has become very crowded now,” the official added.
Moreover, another official said, despite the deployment of more marshals, the cases in Dadar were out of control.
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Posted on: Wednesday March 17th, 2021 11:22 PM IST