The flower market that used to operate as part of the VOC market near the old bus stop here has been temporarily moved to Nehru Kalairangam as part of COVID-19 prevention measures.
Various trades including flowers, vegetables, meat, fruits and puja items operate from the premises of the VOC market and over 200 shops operate here. The market was closed to prevent the spread of the disease. The Salem Corporation will revamp the VOC market to ₹14.58 crore as part of the Smart Cities mission. Until then, a temporary market will be made available to traders.
Flower vendors resumed operations on Wednesday with 75 shops in the alternate space provided by the Society at Nehru Kalairangam in Bose Maidan.
VOC Market Flower Traders Association President Raju said 150 flower traders would take turns using the stores. “In addition to us, flower growers also sell directly from here. Physical distancing standards are respected and all traders have been asked to wear masks. Separate doors have been marked for entry and exit.
VOC market vegetable traders said they would also move to the temporary market assigned to them in another area of Bose Maidan.
According to company officials, work on the temporary market, costing ₹1.5 crore, was progressing.
The renovated VOC market will have four floors with 274 retail spaces and basement parking lots.