Agrawal issues notices to 780 vendors, shopkeepers in new city market complex


 Mr N D Agrawal, who is inquiring into the alleged irregularities pertaining to the allotment of shops and vacant spaces in the new city municipal market complex, as a part of the probe has issued notices to 780 shopkeepers and vendors in the market premises.
As per these notices the shopkeepers and vendors will have to furnish the details as to from whom they got possession of respective shops and vacant spaces occupied by them. They have also been asked to submit all related documents by April 2, 2013.
The notice further states that failing to establish the possession over these shops and vacant spaces the respective lessees will have to face legal action.
It may be recalled that the government had appointed Mr Agarwal to probe into the alleged city municipal market shops scam. He has started the investigation with the assistance of the CCP Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner from the beginning of this month. The deadline – March 31, 2013 – for completion of this inquiry has also been extended till the end of April and the investigation report is expected to be presented by April 30 or during the first week of May 2013.  
The officials of the Corporation of the City of Panaji personally handed over the notices to some of the shopkeepers and vendors in the city municipal market complex and further pasted the same on the shutters, wherever the shops were found to be closed. This exercise will be complete within next two days.
The notices warn that those shopkeepers and vendors, who will fail to prove their legal custody over the shops and vacant spaces, would have no possession over them.
The CCP Commissioner,  Mr Sanjith Rodrigues in his report had already observed that 95 per cent of the shops existing on the first floor of the phase I and II of the new municipal market complex have been illegally occupied, and in the hands of the non-original lessees. Furthermore, there is ambiguity as regards the records existing with the CCP about the allotment of the shops as well as the vacant spaces in the municipal market complex. 
Incidentally, the CCP has accumulated massive arrears of over Rs 1 crore on water and electricity bills from the market complex, while receiving no revenue from the same. The CCP has transferred the ownership of 146 shops and in turn, over Rs 44 lakh has been collected in the form of transfer fees. [NT]