KATHMANDU, Aug 22: Kalimati vegetable market remained partially opened from Wednesday. The entrepreneurs had called for the closure of the market demanding the release of Bharat Prashad Khatiwada, general secretary of the Federation of Fruit & Vegetable Entrepreneurs Nepal after a monitoring team arrested Khatiwada on Monday.
Traders at Kalimati fruits and vegetables market have obstructed market monitoring conducted by the Department of Commerce, Supply and Protection of Consumers, on Monday. A monitoring team led by Dipak Pokharel, section officer at the department, had reached the Kalimati market at 3 am on Monday. The traders interfered with the work of the monitoring team, following which the monitoring team sought help from police and seized two vehicles of vegetables and arrested Khatiwada.
The market had opened Tuesday at 3 am as usual and engaged in normal transactions. But only 100 tons of vegetables and fruits entered Kalimati. Usually, Kalimati receives 500 to 600 tons of produce daily. However, following the warning from the government on Wednesday, the transaction in the market as possible.
The customers, in other hands, have grievance as they did not get enough vegetables and fruits in the market. However, the entrepreneurs have accused the government defaming them unnecessarily.