November 19, 2022

Reopening of Koyambedu flower market delayed

The reopening of the Koyambedu flower market could be delayed for a few days. In the meantime, it will continue to operate from the temporary premises of Vanagaram.

Traders had said earlier that they were preparing to move to Koyambedu market on December 14.

However, the reopening of the market may be delayed; the state government was likely to announce a new date soon, traders said. The Flower Market was the first section to be moved in late April when the market became a COVID-19 hotspot.

Gradual return

There are around 600 florists in the market. Other markets, including food grains and vegetables, have been allowed to operate gradually since September.

S. Mookiah, president of the Koyambedu Wholesale Flower Dealers Association, said about 300 traders are operating from the Vanagaram Temporary Market.

Several flower traders came from various other places including Virugambakkam, Madhavaram, Vadapalani, Kolathur and Retteri. “Many traders operate from Vanagaram market without basic facilities. We are waiting for the government to allow us to return to the market like the others, ”added Mr. Mookiah. The traders wanted the Koyambedu market space to be better maintained.