CCP market tenants seek month’s time to produce documents
Upset by the notices issued to market shop users asking them to produce documents showing that the shops were allotted to them as part of the inquiry initiated by the CCP to ascertain illegal allotments, tenants met today and asked for a month’s time to produce the documents. The tenants met on Friday and asked for a month’s time to produce the documents.
Around 870 notices were sent to occupiers of shops on March 26 and they have been asked to produce documents by April 3.
The notice states that after a joint survey conducted by CCP officials, electricity department, office of commercial taxes and the labour department, they have been found to be “occupiers” of the shops while the leases are in other persons’ names.
The notice issued by the inquiry officer and South Goa Collector N D Aggarwal has directed the alleged occupiers to explain under whose authority they had taken possession of the premises and to produce all the relevant documents before him by April 3 “failing which it will be presumed that you do not have any right to occupy the premises and necessary action deemed fit under the relevant law will be imitated.”
The issue of the illegal allotment of shops has been rocking the last few CCP meetings with the opposition pressurizing the ruling group to hold discussion on the issue.
The CCP has initiated an inquiry under the South Goa Collector, the CCP Commissioner Sanjith Rodrigues informed the members. The issue of certain influential parties occupying the shops in the market and then giving it out to others – deemed illegal – has been bugging this corporation as well as the previous body. [H]