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Once thriving, Madurai’s flower market now faces heavy losses

May 23, 2020 10:06 p.m. STI

Madurai (Tamil Nadu) [India]May 23 (ANI): The once bustling flower market in Madurai has suffered losses after being moved to a new location to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“I have a flower shop at Mathuthavani Flower Market. After the imposition of the lockdown, the market was closed. Thereafter, we filed a petition with Madurai District Chief to set up the flower market at the Arapalayam bus stand. However, business is not working.” It is very good here,” Nadayandi, one of the traders, told ANI.
“Since the market changed, I can only sell a handful of my stocks. Usually we have good deals during Memorial Month, but this year’s festival couldn’t take place due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown,” he said while adding, “We are calling on the Tamil Nadu government and Madurai district collector to bring the market back to its original area.”

Echoing similar sentiments, Bala Murugan, another trader, told ANI, “Flower sales have been badly affected due to the lack of proper transportation. For example, orchids which until the year could be sold at Rs 500, are now sold for only Rs 100.”
“Until three months ago, the famous Madurai jasmine flower was exported to foreign countries. However, we are not even able to ship our stock to other states in the country anymore,” he said. -he adds.
The lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus infection by the central government on March 24 and after several extensions it is now set to end on May 31. (ANI)