Simpark Mall, the underground mall on Lindsay Street, is gearing up to reopen its gates on Tuesday.
The mall located just beside the main entrance to New Market is a Kolkata Municipal Corporation property leased out to traders. According to a KMC market department official, permission to resume business for the stall owners of Simpark Mall was granted after they assured the civic authorities that all mandatory Covid-19 norms will be followed. “We will be visiting the mall to check the arrangements,” said a KMC official.
On behalf of Simpark Mall Traders’ Association, Afroz Khan assured all efforts were being taken to follow safety rules at the entrance and inside. In fact, the traders sought extra time to set right a central AC system and build a disinfection tunnel. “We were supposed to reopen on June 1. But we wanted to offer the shoppers comfort and also assure them that they won’t have to fear the virus. We will offer sanitizers to customers and maintain the mandatory distance required under Covid-19 norms,” Khan said.
Traders at the market admitted they were expecting a new beginning as they had to incur a huge loss over the past three months. “We know it will take time to regain our business. But we assure our customers that we will extend all cooperation,” said a trader.
A KMC market department official said they will keep watch on customers’ complaints after the mall reopens.
Source: Times of India