Imphal, March 20
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today visited Khwairamband Ima Keithel to take stock of the situation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Seeing the situation at the crowded area the Chief Minister along with all concern staffs first opined to make arrangement of the vendor stalls on roaster basis for reducing the large gathering.
However, the vendor ladies more experience in the management of Ima market rejected the idea of roaster style as it may create more problem and chaos among the vendor ladies. However the idea of taking up measures for prohibiting mass gathering is appreciated and leaders of the Khwairamband Ima Keithel suggested to shut down totally for around 1 or two months as it is a risk for all the vendors ladies.
“It is not possible for the buyers and the vendor lady to keep distance for neither even 1 meter, nor there are adequate water supply to follow their advisory of washing hand”, a leader of Khwairamband Keithel said while talking to media persons.
Following the suggestion from the Keithel lady the government is likely to shut down Ima Keithel for at least a week or perhaps 3 weeks.
There is no official notification for shutting down of the Khwairamband Keithel at the time of filing this story but source close to Imphal Times said that a notification in the regard may be issued today evening.