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Putuo shuts down a popular flower market and will turn it into a green belt

    Putuos Caoan flower market, which had run for over 20 years, was officially closed down last week.

    The 28,000-square-meter market was first built in 1992 and later moved to the current location on Zizhou Road.

    Due to its big choices and favorable prices, the market had been quite popular among local residents.

    But it soon became a target for comprehensive environment treatment after the city launched the campaign to crack down on illegal constructions, as it failed to meet multiple safety and hygiene standards.

    Preparation work on the 546 operators there started last July and the deadline for closure was set on March 2, 2018. The owners would have a 10-day reprieve for moving out of the market.

    The land lot will then be transformed into a green belt in the future.

    Putuo is determined to clean up the city environment. It also shut down the Caojiadu flower market, the largest in the downtown area, at the end of last year.