Margao New Market Traders Association have threatened to launch an agitation if the road along the pick-up stand road is not kept open for parking and demanded the immediate removal of signboards erected demarcating that area as ‘Parking for Two Wheelers Only’.
The Association President Vinod Shirodkar argued that traders in the market would face not only hardships, but also financial loss if they are not allowed to park their four-wheelers along that road as they have been doing for years now.
He pointed out that if the road is earmarked for two-wheeler parking then the traders would not be able to park the vehicles supplying them their goods and this would create a lot of hardships and also financial loss to them.
He also expressed fears that if four wheelers are prohibited from being parked along that road, then shoppers will not venture into the New Market thereby affecting their business.
It would be pertinent to note that for the last month, the authorities have been trying to streamline the flow of traffic through this commercial capital of Margao and have taken various measures including diversion of traffic from the National Highway.
Although the bus operators had objected to the new traffic plan and threatened to strike, they have now toed the line and follow the new traffic plan. However, parking continues to be the main problem in Margao and a solution to this appears to be nowhere in sight.
In the current imbroglio with the traders, the authorities are keeping their fingers crossed to get Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s approval as not only is he the local MLA but also quite close to many of the office bearers of the Margao New Market Traders Association.
Although Digambar stood by the authorities’ plan for diverting the traffic from the National Highway, whether he will stand by this new measure is to be seen.