Bhubaneswar: Acting on decision for decentralisation of local markets in the wake of second wave of COVID-19 in the State capital, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has shifted as many as 15 local markets to open places to decongest crowd.
The local markets were relocated following violation of COVID-19 guidelines framed by the State Government and Centre.
Of eight markets located under southeast zone of the BMC, two markets — Unit-4 Haat and Nageswar Tangi Haat — have been shifted on Thursday. The remaining markets will open at other locations under BMC jurisdiction today. The markets will be operational at new places till further order.
As per BMC source, while Unit-1 market has been shifted to Unit-1 High School Playground, Unit-4 vegetable and fish markets are now functional on the road connecting Red cross Bhawan from Sastri Nagar.
Similarly, the Lingaraj Haat has been displaced to a nearby parking area, Sundarpada Haat has been shifted to a road near Ekamra College, Brahmeswar Haat to Melana (congregation) ground, Nageswar Tangi Haat to road that connects Rabi Talkies and Sanitorium, Saheed Nagar market to Saheed Nagar Durga Puja ground.
The Siripur, Dumduma, ID and Ruchika markets have been relocated in southwest zone of the BMC. While Dumduma market has been shifted to phase-II of Dumduma area, ID market has been is now functional at Nayapalli Durga Puja ground.
In north zone of the BMC, the VSS Nagar market has been shifted to the road. The Damana Haat and Tarini Haat in Chandrasekharpur area have been relocated to new places today.
The merchants have been told to sit 6 feet away at markets.
The zonal deputy commissioners have been assigned to enforce the COVID guidelines at markets.