To ensure social distancing, Gandaria police have again shifted the capital’s Dhupkhola kitchen market — which usually sat by a road — to Dhupkhola playground again.
The process to relocate the kitchen market started on Tuesday and it began functioning at the new place from yesterday, said locals.
“We have taken the move to ensure social distancing as instructed by Shah Iftekhar Ahmed, DC [Wari] of Dhaka Metropolitan Police,” said Gandaria Police Station Officer-in-Charge Md Shaju Miah.
Shaju said the market will go back to its previous place once the crisis is over. “We had relocated it last year to ensure social distancing,” he said.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus-induced shutdown, the kitchen market posed challenges in maintaining social distancing , as it was running on a narrow, busy road adjoining the playground. The road is only 13 feet wide, which narrowed down even further due to makeshift shops, making commute and shoppping both difficult.
Last year, the kitchen market was moved in April, but it returned to its previous place few days before Eid-ul-Azha as the field was used as a cattle market.
Appreciating the move, Mohammad Ripon, a resident of Sarafatganj Lane, said people are unaware and most of them do not want to maintain physical distancing.
However, Md Nizam, a trader of the market, said his sale has dropped to 50 percent due to the shifting. “I hope the situation would improve quickly,” he said.