VASCO: Vasco fish market vendors led by fishing Community leader Custodio DSouza met Vasco MLA Krishna Salkar on Tuesday afternoon over various issues, including the rumours over the new Fishmarket complex.
Salkar later addressed a joint meeting along with MMC Chairperson Leo Rodrigues, Chief Officer Jayant Tari, Vasco PI Kapil Nayak and other Municipal Councillors and many of the issues like selling of fish on roadsides; temporary market shed improvisation and construction of the New Fish market complex were cleared.
Speaking to the media later, Fishing community leader and social activist Custodio DSouza said that the Vasco fish market vendors had been misguided
“We had the issue that migrants were selling fish illegally on roadsides, and Salkar called us for a joint meeting to resolve our issues. Salkar has assured that migrants selling fish on roadsides will be stopped and also said that an additional shade would be put up for fruit vendors occupying the temporary fish market shed. Salkar immediately called an entire team of officials to resolve our issues, and he even advised us, boat owners, not to give fish to the roadside migrants for sale. We will now instruct our workers not to sell fish to vendors who will sell on roadsides but only to customers who buy the fish for consumption. The migrants buy our fish and sell on roadsides, and we have now requested Salkar to instruct the police to detain these roadside vendors to discourage them from selling fish on roadsides,” said D’Souza.
“We had been misguided that there was a stay on the new fish market complex, and our doubts have been cleared, and we have been informed that the works on the new fish market complex will begin after Ganesh Chaturthi,” said D’Souza.
Vasco MLA Krishna Salkar said that people must not fall prey to rumours about the new Vasco fish market complex
“The fish vendors had several issues, but their grievances have been addressed and resolved properly. Everybody has the right to do business, and no one can sell fish on the roadsides if the boat owners don’t sell them the fish. The entire issue of people selling fish on roads begins with boat owners selling their fish to them, which is resold on roadsides. We have also assured them of improvement of the situation in the temporary shed, and we will also take steps to stop roadside fruit vendors from encouraging business inside the temporary shed occupied by fish and fruit vendors. We will not allow any roadside vendors as they encroached the roads , and footpaths and even cause traffic congestion,” said Salkar.
“As far as the new fish market complex is concerned, there is a lot of rainwater accumulated and has to be pumped out. We also have plans for underground parking which is not possible with water accumulation, and we will start the work after a dry spell. We have informed the contractor, but he has requested us to give us time and assured us of starting work after Ganesh Chaturthi,” said Salkar.
“I want to appeal to the people not to fall prey to rumours spread by jealous people who do not want development in Vasco. I assure all Vascokars that work will start on this project immediately after Ganesh Chaturthi. These rumours spread fast and are meant only to misguide the people, and people must not fall prey to such rumours, and I appeal people not to indulge in such rumour-mongering ” said Salkar.