Agartala: After petrol pumps refusing to refill fuel on vehicles not driven by people wearing masks, vegetable sellers in Maharajagnj Bazaar in Agartala, which is also Tripura’s largest market, have placed placards in their stalls saying ‘no mask, no vegetables’ in a bid to raise awareness among the masses.
The decision came after the vegetable sellers found a large number of people visiting the market without wearing masks even after repetitive appeals from both the government and seller associations.
Speaking with reporters, Nakul Das, a member of Maharajganj Bazaar Sabzee Vyebsayi Samiti, said that even after appeals from the authorities concerned, some people were found violating the norms.
“The vegetable sellers have jointly decided that anyone who visits market without a mask will be denied vegetables. The customers have to adhere to the norms set by the authorities when they visit the market so that nobody is affected by the spread of COVID-19,” Das said.
The market association has also decided to ensure that customers visiting markets maintain the social distancing norms and follow the guidelines of the government as a precautionary measure against coronavirus.
Speaking with reporters, Samir Datta, a resident of Agartala, said that it is a welcome decision since people still visit markets without wearing masks risking the lives of other customers. “The decision should have been taken much before by the state government and the market association. I believe this decision will further create awareness among people,” Datta said.
Earlier, the state government had shifted all the vegetable markets to open spaces like playgrounds in a bid to avert overcrowding in market places.
A similar decision was also taken by the petrol pumps in Tripura to deny fuel to those visiting petrol pumps without wearing masks in order to generate awareness among the masses.