Malls in Maharashtra continue to remain shut even after the state government’s order of relaxing lockdown curbs for 25 districts, including Mumbai, that allowed retail shops and other outlets to operate till 10 pm on all days.
“All other states in the country except Maharashtra have allowed malls to open along with other formats of retail. Malls in Maharashtra have been continuously giving assurances about following the required SOPs and structured processes to ensure social distancing and safety of shoppers,” said CEO, Kumar Rajagopalan, Retailers Association of India (RAI), adding further, permitting malls to operate will save of livelihoods of lakhs that a mall’s ecosystem supports.
RAI asserted that malls have been actively following all standard operating procedures (SOPs) on preventive measures issued by the Health Ministry of India. Malls under RAI have ascertained comprehensibility on the SOPs front, published by the Indian Medical Association to stop the virus spread.
The association cleared the air on the rumours that the virus can spread through air-conditioned malls but not through any closed air-conditioned establishments or airlines. Last year, in an official memorandum, the government had stated clear guidelines on the usage of centralized air conditioners in malls under no restraints.
Mall in the state brings about a huge model of income for all sorts of businesses, said RAI. It can generate worth Rs40,000 crore and can add Rs4,000 crore to the GST, monthly.
The incidental closure of malls for a long period of time had impacted more than 2 lakh people who were placed in 50 different malls within the state boundaries. On average, a mall is a conglomerate of 200 retail stores along with 5000 business establishments under it as suppliers and vendors. Resuming mall activities can help the market recuperate rapidly.