The Sathara Veedhi Flower Market in Srirangam would operate temporarily from Thursday on the grounds of Boys Higher Secondary School in Srirangam.
A move to this effect was taken after flower traders resumed trading in the market since Monday. After seeing a large crowd in the market on Tuesday, senior officials from Revenue, the Corporation and the police held talks with agents of the flower commission and traders.
The market having remained closed for nearly a month during the confinement, the commissionaires were keen to resume their operations on Monday.
About 1,500 to 2,000 farmers in and around Srirangam villages, such as Ettarai, Koppu, Nachalur, Kallanai and Pachur, sell their produce every day at the flower market. About 400 retailers from the nearby towns of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Perambalur, Ariyalur and others buy flowers at the market. As the market was not functioning, several flower growers were unable to sell their flowers.
“The officials visited the market on Tuesday morning and felt it was too crowded and wanted regulation,” said V. Varadharajan, president of the Srirangam Flower Dealers Association.
Officials headed by Srirangam Tahsildar Sridhar and deputy company commissioner S. Vaidyanathan held talks with representatives of the traders.
Following discussions, it was agreed to temporarily relocate the market to the Boys Higher Secondary School grounds. “We also agreed to follow safety standards such as wearing a face mask and adhering to social distancing standards,” Varadharajan said.
A company official, when contacted, confirmed the decision to temporarily move the market to part of the school grounds.
“As arrangements need to be made for our operation, we will move to the field by Thursday,” Varadharajan said. “We asked the authorities not to insist on closing the market on Saturdays and Sundays (as was done with the city’s temporary retail vegetable markets) because the flowers, if they are not picked for two days, would wither and cause heavy losses to farmers, ”Varadharajan said, hoping officials would grant their request as a special case.