Pune: ‘Talegaon Pattern’ in the vegetable market shows the way to maintain social distancing among customers, Netizens applaud

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Sumit Singh

Pune, March 25, 2020: At a time when people are flouting lockdown curfew to crowd vegetable markets, the vendors in Talegaon Dabhade, about 30 km from Pune city, in Maval taluka, are showing the way for maintaining social distancing among customers.

Local MLA Sunil Shelke has been so impressed that he demanded to replicate this ‘Talegaon Pattern’ across the state.

As per the concept of Talegaon Dabhade municipal council CEO Deepak Zanjad, 16 spots (at least one in each ward) have been selected in the town where vegetables and fruits can be sold. At each spot, four vegetable vendors and one fruits vendor have been given permission. Not more than five persons can stand in front of any stall as they have to stand in markings only. The vendors have to wear a mask and keep sanitizer also. There is a gap of five feet between two stalls.
There was no crowd at any of the spots where vegetables, fruits are being sold.
In the rural areas also, six designated spots have been selected. Local corporators Amol Shete and Vinod (Buntidada) Shete and Yuva Manch workers took a keen interest in the planning to sell fruit vegetables in the Talegaon Dabhade village areas on the backdrop of Coronavirus outbreak. People have been appealed to wear a mask, handkerchief while coming to the vegetable stalls.

The vegetable markets will remain open between 4 pm to 8 pm at following locations: Jijamata Chowk, Chawadi Chowk, Marimata Mal near Ghorawadi Station, Near the Bombay Workshop, Lions Club.

The photos of people standing in queue maintaining social distancing have become viral on the internet. The netizens applauded the initiative.