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Ramponnkars get concessions in wholesale market

Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai, along with the Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao and several other stakeholders in the Wholesale fish market, at a joint meeting, decided to give certain concessions to Ramponnkars selling fish on wholesale basis at the market.The South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA), Margao Municipal Council (MMC), Traffic SP and most of the fishermen and wholesalers were present at the meeting.It has been unanimously decided to give one-hour extension for the ramponnkars for sale of fish on wholesale basis. Meanwhile the TCP Minister Vijai has taken strong objection to the sale of non-fishery articles like ropes, vegetables and others. TCP Minister has also decided to jointly find a temporary alternate place for the fish market while it goes for renovation soon.
“All the stakeholders including wholesale traders, ramponnkars, Police, Traffic Police, MMC, SGPDA and also the President of the Ramponnkarancho Ekvott Association have sat together and discussed the issues,” said TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai.He said: “We have decided to give some concessions to the Ramponnkars but the basic concept has to be understood that there can be only one wholesale and one retail market in Margo,” said Vijai adding “Eventually some sacrifices have to be done by some to put things in order.”
“There is a need of a firm system as just a humanitarian gesture by the PDA Chairperson to open the gates till new year has recreated the chaos and mess at the Market,” said Vijai.
He also informed media that the market will be taken for reconstruction in a phased manner so that the functioning remains. The TCP Minister has also expressed his willingness to take all the stakeholders into consideration before the planning begins. He further said that he wishes to convince the Chief Minister to give the work of the Market to GSIDC as they possess the expertise for the same.
It may be recalled that confusion and chaos prevailed at the SGPDA Wholesale Fish Market at Seraulim a few days back after the MMC staff along with the police attempted to clear the market from irregular sale of retail fish.Despite the gates of wholesale fish market being closed, the retail sale of fish continued within the wholesale fish market complex which gave rise to heated arguments between the fisher women and the police and SGPDA officials. The fisher women placing their side of story said they were selling fish on wholesale basis while SGPDA officials maintained that it is illegal to sell fish on retail and denied that the fisher to continue their sale.The surprise action of the SGPDA, however, caused some hardships for the customers coming to the market The next day, however, adamant SGPDA officials decided to shut the gates at 9 am and continued its crack down on the said trade of retail fish at the wholesale market.
More trouble erupted at the Wholesale fish market when the SGPDA officials found retail trade of not just fish but also fruits and vegetables.The fishermen had demanded that immediate steps be taken to remove all kind of retail trade from the market.The menace of the roadside illegal vending, however, continued. In view of this chaos, the TCP Minister decided to hold a meeting along with all the stake holders connected with selling fish.Taking advantage of a Sunday, the fisherwomen restarted selling fish on the road side with the two-wheelers stopping to buy fish causing traffic jams.The TCP Minister Vijai, who had already promised to clear the area for healthy and clean trade took the matter seriously and called for Tuesday’s meeting. [H]

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