The civic body did not allow shops in the Tambaram market to open on Saturday as COVID cases shot up. The shopkeepers were unhappy since the municipality did not intimate them in advance.
Adding to that, the Tambaram municipality on Saturday morning blocked the entrance of the Sanmugam Road and the Tambaram market and said shops can’t open till August 9. The shopkeepers who came to open the shops in the morning were shocked and started to argue with the police and the municipal staff for announcing without any prior information. Since it’s the third week of Aadi Krithigai, most of the people came to the market to purchase and were surprised to see the market closed.
The municipal officials said they got the order from the higher officials only at midnight and that was the reason they were not able to inform them a day before. The shopkeepers requested the municipal officials to allow them to open the shop for a day but they said they had to follow the government protocol. Later, the shopkeepers took the vegetables and fruits in a tricycle and started to sell them in various streets of Tambaram.