The Curchorem market constructed at the cost of 2.5 crores and commissioned in June 2006 is proving to be a white elephant for the Curchorem Cacora Municipal Council as it is draining its resources for maintenance while not accruing much revenue.
The market complex comprising of 108 shops and 80 stalls for vegetable vendors was constructed by Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation during the tenure of Ramrao Dessai as the MLA.
As their demand for a three wing complex was not fulfilled, shop keepers from the Curchorem market initially refused to shift their business to this complex that has only one building.
Currently 32 shops in the complex have commenced operations while 24 vegetable vendors have shifted their trade to this complex. Curchorem Cacora Municipal Council Chairperson Maruti Naik revealed that about two months back, another 32 shops have been allotted along with 24 new stalls for vegetable vendors.
Although designed on the lines of a modern market with ample of parking place to facilitate the purchasers, the market complex is yet to pick up steam. One of the factors is the natural resistance to change amongst people, who cite the excuse of the market being too far. It would be pertinent to point out that the SGPDA market at Margao too faced a similar problem initially, but has today turned into a hub of activity.
According to Maruti Naik, the council is incurring losses for the last two years since the market was handed over to them. “While earlier the loss was around 70,000 per month,” he said. The council collects a rent of ` 800 per month from shop owners and 400 per month from vegetable vendors.
However, now with the civic elections round the corner, the council is not in the mood to take necessary stringent action against all those who continue their trade in the old market which is supposed to be closed and all establishments are supposed to be shifted to the new market.