SGPDA says it will come out with the solution & decide whether to allow retail fish selling at wholesale fish market or not
MARGAO: The Wholesale Fish Traders’ Association today said the SGPDA failed to maintain a clean fish market while stating that they would be filing an affidavit in the High Court of Bombay at Goa.
The Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) arrived quickly to assess the current filthy conditions at the wholesale fish market following a warning from the High Court over the matter, the authorities conducted a combined inspection of the fish market.
“10% is legal while 90% is illegal at the SGPDA fish market. But only the wholesale fish traders are held responsible,” said Wholesale Fish Traders’ Association.
The Wholesale Fish Traders’ Association also said the SGPDA failed to maintain a clean fish market.
“Everyone knows who is responsible. The contractor takes money from traders, why cant they clean the area and maintain hygiene. We are paying Rs 2000 fees, we dont have nay more funds, we will also file an affidavit in court stating that we do not have funds,” they said.
Gaurish Sankhwalkar, Chief Officer, MMC “We will certainly come out with a solution before October 9, a day for the next hearing. The High Court had issued some instructions pertaining to maintaining hygiene in the wholesale fish market. Another issue was with regard to several vendors selling fish at retail rates at the wholesale fish market,” he said.
He said that they will come out with the solution and decide whether to allow retail fish selling at the wholesale fish market or not, as there is a separate retail fish market owned by SGPDA.
The Chief Officer assured that the issue pertaining to parking on the roadside will also be resolved, when questioned by the reporters.
Shaikh Zahid said that wholesale fish traders are ready to help the authorities to maintain hygiene in the market.
He alleged that SGPDA is just collecting money from the traders and vendors but failing to maintain the market properly.
“We had even offered our help to the SGPDA, but there was no reply from the authority. Traders are ready to help in keeping the market clean,” he added.