Margao Municipal Council seizes goods blocking mkt passages

The Margao Municipal Council (MMC) in a late evening anti-encroachment drive conducted by its market inspectors on Tuesday, seized goods worth lakhs of rupees which were stacked in passages by traders encroaching on public pathways.

MMC chief officer Srinet Kothwale, chairperson Arthur D'Silva, vice-chairperson and head of the standing committee on markets Pratima Coutinho personally supervised the drive.

Tense moments were witnessed for some time during the drive, as agitated traders engaged in a verbal duel with the MMC team.

Speaking to mediapersons, Coutinho said that encroachments on public passages constituted a violation of high court guidelines and that the drive was long overdue.

"The passages were almost blocked by the traders with their goods, inconveniencing public. The festival season is here, and therefore it is essential that people are able to make their purchases without being troubled by the encroachments," Coutinho said.

Kothwale, while speaking to TOI last week, had indicated that stern action would be taken against encroachments by traders, including auctioning the seized goods. [TOI]