As part of the move, authorities will collect phone numbers of around 600 vendors who regularly purchase fish …Read More
KOCHI: Chambakkara market, which was on the verge of closure due to threat of disease spread, has become a place of experiment now. The ‘market samrakshana samithi’ (market protection council) is planning to introduce a BevQ-like system to control the crow.
As part of the move, authorities will collect phone numbers of around 600 vendors who regularly purchase fish from wholesalers at the market. The vendors will be divided into eight groups. “Each group will be given a 30-minute slot starting from 2am. There would be 50 to 60 vendors under each group and they should come only at that stipulated time,” said V P Chandran, councillor, Kochi corporation. “We held a meeting on Sunday for deciding future course action. We discussed about various possible methods for crowd control and finally decided to experiment the token system,” he said.
Details of vendors who regularly purchase fish from the wholesalers have already been procured. “We will give a final shape to the token system by Monday. The market will open from Tuesday. We have procured machines and solutions like sodium hypochlorite for cleaning the area and vehicles every day. Once a fish-laden truck arrives at the market, we will ensure that sodium hypochlorite is sprayed on it,” said Antony, one of the wholesalers. “The plan is to issue token to vendors via WhatsApp in advance so that they can arrive at that particular time. We expect some initial glitches which may be sorted out in a few days,” Antony said.
Details of all who enter the market will be recorded in a receipt book and a copy of the receipt will be kept at the market. This will be helpful in tracing people, if needed. “We will use microphone for crowd management. All the trucks which transport fish to the market should unload and leave by 4am,” Antony said.
There are around 10 wholesale dealers and 30 retailers in the market. Wholesalers should close the business by 6am while retailers can sell fish to local residents till 9am. Police will monitor their activities for a few more days.