At this time of COVID19 pandemic when the countries worldwide are taking strict efforts to prevent the viral infection from spreading, officers of Chandigarh administration and Enforcement Inspector, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation are starting their day at 3 am. The civic officials are doing so to inspect goods and ensure the supply of adequate and sanitised vegetables from Sector 26 grain market.
Since the lockdown has been implemented the duty hours of some of the civic officials have been extended from 8 hours to 12 hours a day and the team reaches the grain market by four in the morning every day, said Sunil Dutt, Enforcement Inspector of the MC and Jarnail Singh, Secretary Market Committee in UT Administration.
Further, Jarnail Singh said, “It starts with the sanitisation of the CTU buses around 12 am at the CTU workshops. Then the buses reach at the Sector 26 Grain Market around 2.30 am. After the auction of vegetables and fruits and finalising the price list, the buses loaded with goods are moved to the city and the surrounding areas for supply.”
The CTU busses which ferry the vegetables and fruits have a driver, a conductor, a police official, a registered vendor and his assistants, said Dutt. At seven in the morning, around 60 buses leave the stands and return back to the grain market by 2 pm, Dutt added.
The police officials accompanying the vendor and bus staff keep a check that social distancing is being practised among buyers and sellers. Whereas, the supervisory staff in the bus ensures that the vegetables are not sold for more price than the one set by the authorities.
Moreover, a sanitising tunnel has been installed at the Sector 26 Grain Market at the entry, for sanitising people entering the market.