Jamshedpur, July 12: Drawing lessons from different states, district administration has plans to carry out special cleanliness and sanitation drives in all markets on weekends when all shops will be shut to contain the spread of COVID-19. The plan is to keep markets shut in phase-wise manner and launch such drives.
The civic bodies sanitised vegetable markets on Saturdays and Sundays. Similarly the administration is working on plans to sanitise other key markets by keeping the areas shut during the weekend. The idea is also to maintain social distancing.
Meanwhile, following orders for closure of vegetable markets in three urban civic body areas – Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee ( JNAC), Mango Notified Area Committee ( MNAC ) and Jugsalai Municipality vegetable markets remained shut on Sunday.
With positive cases reported in the city every day, the administration is planning phase-wise closure markets too.
As a precautionary measure, the civic body closed the functioning of the vegetable market on Sunday and removed the dumped vegetable waste, cleaned the premises and sprayed disinfectants.
The process was completed and vegetables started arriving in the market in the evening.
The step was taken as the vegetable markets drew a huge crowd due to its location on the main roads, which posed a risk to public health amid the coronavirus outbreak. Markets at Sakchi, Kadma and other key places were sanitized.
The move is also aimed at ensuring appropriate social distancing at the markets in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
“ We launched a drive to sanitize key vegetable markets. Moreover, several cases of coronavirus have been reported among vegetable vendors. We want to ensure that people also maintain social distancing while moving out,” said an official of JNAC.
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Ravi Shankar Shukla said sanitisation was carried out in vegetable markets under the three urban local bodies during this period.
The markets included those in Sakchi, Bistupur, Mango, Sonari, Kadma, Sidhgora, Baridih, Golmuri, Jugsalai, Bhalubasa and Baradwari.
The deputy commissioner asked the officials of the three civic bodies to involve the incident commanders in carrying out the sanitization work. He said that the move will also help to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in the markets.
Over 100 sanitary personnel and 150 malaria personnel launched a sanitation drive spraying sodium hypochroloride solution at markets. Fire tenders were used to spray the solution.
The administration has also asked the traders to mandatorily conduct thermal screening of all customers visiting them and to report immediately to the health department if any customer is found to be running a high temperature.