Market madness at St Cruz; vendors sit on road to sell wares

 

The village of St Cruz is one of the rapidly developing areas of Goa. Its proximity to the state capital city is a major factor contributing to the rapid increase in residential buildings and an influx of people settling in the village.
 
Though it is fairly better-off compared to many other Goan villages, one aspect that has been neglected for quite a while now is the St Cruz market. Most residents are of the view that it is inadequate to cater to the growing population.
 
"The market is very small and insufficient for a population of around 20,000. Fruit and vegetable vendors sit on the road to sell their wares," says resident Reggie Gomes. Vendors-around 50-60, selling vegetables, fruits and fish at the existing structure-also agree that the space is insufficient.
 
Gomes says he has raised the issue several times, but the panchayat claims there is no space for a new market.
 
In an attempt to help, the road passing through the market area is closed to traffic for the first half of the day to facilitate the bazaar's functioning.
 
Peter Gonsalves, president of the St Cruz Education and Action Movement (SCREAM) says, "I feel the market is a very congested area and there is an urgent need for better infrastructure." The area is problematic for traffic too, he adds.
 
Glenn Raposo, another resident, says, "I feel the market should be shifted to a new complex. The existing one is a dingy place and is congested in the mornings. It is difficult to walk through the place." He advocates building a new market complex with parking facilities a la the Panaji market.
 
Acknowledging that the market is indeed inadequate for the village, sarpanch Tony Fernandes says, "The panchayat passed a resolution in December 2012 to acquire 8,000-10,000 sq m for a new market complex."
 
The land for this has been identified near the existing market and will house the market complex, a few shops for allied trade, the panchayat ghar, and a taxi stand. It will be acquired through a proposal from the local MLA to the government, says Fernandes, adding that it may take about 3-4 years.
 
Confirming the market proposal, St Cruz MLA Atanasio 'Babush' Monserrate says, "We have planned a new market complex. It will have an adequate parking area as well as toilet facilities (the existing market doesn't have a toilet). We have also proposed a link road from the new market to the playground to solve the existing traffic congestion problem." A public garden has also been proposed in the same area.
 
Stressing that the proposal will be submitted to the government soon, and if approved the complex can be completed in two years, Monserrate asserted that he will ensure that all the proposed amenities are in place before the end of his term.
 
Asked if there are any measures planned to decongest the market till the new one is built, Fernandes said no. He highlighted that if vendors are stopped from using the St Cruz market till the new market is built, locals will suffer by having to pay higher prices for purchasing fish and vegetables from the Panaji market.
 
He disclosed plans of the panchayat for building a public garden and 4-5 periphery roads in some remote parts of the village, so that emergency services can access these areas.
 
A resident pointed out that there is a water supply problem in some parts of the village. Sarpanch Tony Fernandes said he recently met the PWD minister who has assured him the issue will be resolved soon. "We have proposed a separate pipeline for the affected areas," said Fernandes.
 
Ground grouse
 
Another issue in the village, locals say, is the St Cruz football ground. It is allegedly not open to locals who have to take permission from the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) to use it. The ground was handed over to the SAG as the panchayat didn't have funds to maintain it and wasn't getting any income from it either, said sources.
 
The village of St Cruz is one of the rapidly developing areas of Goa. Its proximity to the state capital city is a major factor contributing to the rapid increase in residential buildings and an influx of people settling in the village.
 
Though it is fairly better-off compared to many other Goan villages, one aspect that has been neglected for quite a while now is the St Cruz market. Most residents are of the view that it is inadequate to cater to the growing population.
 
"The market is very small and insufficient for a population of around 20,000. Fruit and vegetable vendors sit on the road to sell their wares," says resident Reggie Gomes. Vendors-around 50-60, selling vegetables, fruits and fish at the existing structure-also agree that the space is insufficient.
 
Gomes says he has raised the issue several times, but the panchayat claims there is no space for a new market.
 
In an attempt to help, the road passing through the market area is closed to traffic for the first half of the day to facilitate the bazaar's functioning.
 
Peter Gonsalves, president of the St Cruz Education and Action Movement (SCREAM) says, "I feel the market is a very congested area and there is an urgent need for better infrastructure." The area is problematic for traffic too, he adds.
 
Glenn Raposo, another resident, says, "I feel the market should be shifted to a new complex. The existing one is a dingy place and is congested in the mornings. It is difficult to walk through the place." He advocates building a new market complex with parking facilities a la the Panaji market.
 
Acknowledging that the market is indeed inadequate for the village, sarpanch Tony Fernandes says, "The panchayat passed a resolution in December 2012 to acquire 8,000-10,000 sq m for a new market complex."
 
The land for this has been identified near the existing market and will house the market complex, a few shops for allied trade, the panchayat ghar, and a taxi stand. It will be acquired through a proposal from the local MLA to the government, says Fernandes, adding that it may take about 3-4 years.
 
Confirming the market proposal, St Cruz MLA Atanasio 'Babush' Monserrate says, "We have planned a new market complex. It will have an adequate parking area as well as toilet facilities (the existing market doesn't have a toilet). We have also proposed a link road from the new market to the playground to solve the existing traffic congestion problem." A public garden has also been proposed in the same area.
 
Stressing that the proposal will be submitted to the government soon, and if approved the complex can be completed in two years, Monserrate asserted that he will ensure that all the proposed amenities are in place before the end of his term.
 
Asked if there are any measures planned to decongest the market till the new one is built, Fernandes said no. He highlighted that if vendors are stopped from using the St Cruz market till the new market is built, locals will suffer by having to pay higher prices for purchasing fish and vegetables from the Panaji market.
 
He disclosed plans of the panchayat for building a public garden and 4-5 periphery roads in some remote parts of the village, so that emergency services can access these areas.
 
A resident pointed out that there is a water supply problem in some parts of the village. Sarpanch Tony Fernandes said he recently met the PWD minister who has assured him the issue will be resolved soon. "We have proposed a separate pipeline for the affected areas," said Fernandes.
 
Ground grouse
 
Another issue in the village, locals say, is the St Cruz football ground. It is allegedly not open to locals who have to take permission from the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) to use it. The ground was handed over to the SAG as the panchayat didn't have funds to maintain it and wasn't getting any income from it either, said sources.
 
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The panchayat passed a resolution in December 2012 to acquire 8,000-10,000 sq m of land near the existing market for a new market complex. It will be acquired through a proposal from the local MLA to the government. It may take about 3-4 years
 
"We have planned a new market complex. It will have adequate parking area and toilet facilities. We have also proposed a link road from it to the playground to solve the traffic problem. The market proposal will be submitted to the government soon, and if approved it can be completed in two years," said Tony Fernandes, sarpanch.

 
The panchayat passed a resolution in December 2012 to acquire 8,000-10,000 sq m of land near the existing market for a new market complex. It will be acquired through a proposal from the local MLA to the government. It may take about 3-4 years
 
"We have planned a new market complex. It will have adequate parking area and toilet facilities. We have also proposed a link road from it to the playground to solve the traffic problem. The market proposal will be submitted to the government soon, and if approved it can be completed in two years," said Tony Fernandes, sarpanch. [TOI]