Different rules for different markets to check spread of coronavirus in Kolkata – Times of India

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KOLKATA: Police and civic bodies have adopted varying strategies for different markets to prevent crowding in its bid to combat the spread of Covid-19.

In the north-eastern part of the city, markets in Lake Town, Kalindi, Dum Dum Park and Natun Bazar will now be open till only 11am. These include shopping malls that have been asked to open early and shut at the curfew hour.
While markets in Lake Town, Kalindi, Dum Dum Park and Natun Bazar were open, others like Gora Bazaar, Mall Road Bazaar, Nager Bazaar, Dum Dum Road market, Bangur Bazar, Motilal Nehru Market, Kumor Para Bazar and markets adjacent to airport gates 1and 2 had been kept shut. Now, all markets in this belt will operate from 7am to 11am.
In adjoining New Town as well as parts of south and south-eastern Kolkata, markets have been shut for the weekend to prevent crowding. On Saturday, many shoppers who weren’t aware of the decision had to return disappointed. Ten markets operated by the New Town Kolkata Development Authority will stay shut on Sunday as well. So will markets in Jadavpur and Santoshpur. Many residents had to order groceries and vegetables online after they learnt that the shops would stay shut on Sunday as well.
In the eastern belt, too, markets in Muchibazar near Ultadanga, Kadapara in Phoolbagan and Joramandir in Beliaghata have been shut. In Muchibazar alone, seven traders, all residents of the adjoining slum that has 20 Covid cases, have been infected.
In the south-west, markets in Behala shut early on Saturday to facilitate a special sanitisation by KMC. Police said markets at Bijoygarh and Azadgarh have been shut too and the Bikramgarh market operated partially.
In Salt Lake and Rajarhat, civic authorities are keeping some of the block market complexes like BD, CK, EC, Baisakhi and few others along streetside hawker stalls shut on alternate days.
In the heart of Kolkata, markets with shops selling electrical fittings and goods are opening only thrice a week since the beginning of this week. Close to 1,000 shops on Ezra Street, Pollock Street and Tiretta Market will open only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a few weeks to come.
“The priority is to save our lives first and those who work for us,” said Ramavtar Rai, owner of Sree Sitamal Enterprises on Jamunalal Bajaj Street. KMC officials said they were planning to regulate timings at Lansdowne and Kalighat markets from next week.

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