New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi government announced on Monday that the wholesale vegetable markets in the national capital will remain open from 6 am to 11 am and from 2 pm to 6 pm. 

Development Minister Gopal Rai said that vegetables will be sold in the wholesale markets from 6 am to 11 am while fruits will be sold from 2 pm to 6 pm. 

Rai futher said that odd-even rule will be implemented in wholesale markets in Delhi under which traders will sell vegetables on alternate days. The odd-even rule will be followed by traders according to their shed numbers to maintain social distancing. 

He told that the government has formed four special task forces to ensure effective social distancing in mandis in wake of COVID-19. 

There are five major wholesale vegetable and fruit markets in the national capital, including the Azadpur mandi, the Ghazipur mandi and the Okhla mandi. Also, there two wholesale 'anaj mandis' (wheat markets) — Najafgarh and Narela.

The lockdown in Delhi is likely to be extended till April 30, as already recommended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Centre is considering a request made by most states to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown by two more weeks beyond April 14. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 10 am on Tuesday and is likely to announce the decision on extension of lockdown. 

The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital has risen to 1,154 with the death toll reaching 24. Of the total cases, 746 are from the Markaz area in Nizamuddin where the Tablighi Jamaat event was held last month. 

Over 2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin West from March 1-15, as the south Delhi neighbourhood was virtually sealed earlier following fears that some people may have contracted COVID-19.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta