Ganjam Vendors Reduce Market Timing from Today

Shops in urban areas of Ganjam districts will remain closed from 2 pm to 5 am starting today till May 9. The associations of merchants and vendors have unanimously agreed to reduce the market timing to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Collector Vijay Kulange lauded the decision and urged the people of Ganjam to abide by the new timing.

“We welcome the steps taken by merchants association, vendors association in urban areas to close shops from 2 pm to 5 am for next 10 days. We request all people to support this initiative. Together we can win this battle against COVID,” read a tweet from the official account of Collector & District Magistrate, Ganjam.

In a similar move, traders in Kalahandi yesterday announced the decision to close their shops till May 2.

Notably, CM Naveen Patnaik in his address during a recent Covid review meeting had encouraged independent bodies at the community level to come forward and take such initiatives whenever required.

“I am happy to note that in some towns trader associations have volunteered to reduce market timings and undertake voluntary closing of shops. This is a welcome step and I sincerely appreciate this as it shows complete involvement of the community in Covid management,” Patnaik said in his address.

“I would like the collectors to work towards these kinds of community-owned initiatives. They are effective and sustainable. Resident associations, merchant associations and various community-based organisations should be made to partner in our efforts,” the CM added.

With the number of Covid cases rising multifold, we could see partial closure of shops in more districts in Odisha.

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