MAPUSA: Mapusa market vendors marched to the Mapusa Municipality office to protest against the sudden hike in Sopo fees by the contractor collecting the Sopo.
Vendors informed that the Sopo fees have been hiked from Rs 50 to directly Rs 90 and demanded that it should be reduced to Rs 60.
MMC chairperson has assured of resolving the issue in cosnultation with the council body.
According to MMC calculation, the sopo amount works out to around Rs 67 however vendors have been asked to pay Rs 90.
Additionally, there are other vegetable vendors who do business by sitting outside the vegetable market. As a result vendors sitting in the market lose customers.
Vendors therefore requested the Chairperson to reduce the sopo as their business is suffering. They said that they are ready to pay around Rs 60 as sopo.
After the discussion, chairperson of MMC told vendors to give their representation and said it would be put before the council.