Residents of Ward No. 8 Maddel on Monday protested against the degradation and unhygienic conditions prevalent at wholesale fish market at Maddel.
Purnanand Chari, who narrowly lost the recently held municipal elections from this ward, along with other protestors gheraoed the contractor and inquired about the unhygienic conditions which were not attended to in the market.
Later, Fatorda MLA Damu Naik arrived at the site and taking stock of the situation said that contractor entrusted the task of cleaning the market, should not be given the money if the does not do his duties.
One of the fisherwomen, upset with the situation started arguing that these unhygienic conditions are created by the migrants. Soon after these arguments, the condition outside the office of the All Goa Fish Market Association turned chaotic. SGPDA Member Secretary Sandeep Surlakar informed that earlier the contactor was told not to allow the entry of thermocole containers in the market.
Purnand Chari said that though retail sale of fish is not permitted in this market it is not only sold but even cleaned and cut here itself, adding to the squalor.
Damu Naik alleged that there is no system in place and pointed out that even vegetables and fruits are sold at the market meant for selling fish at wholesale rates.
“Retail sale of fish in the wholesale market should be stopped. The vendors should not be allowed to sell vegetables in these premises and burning of thermocole should be stopped. These are our immediate demands. Besides fencing should be put around the premises and it should be locked once the fish market is closed,” he said demanding that these should be put in place before the next meeting of the newly elected Margao Municipal Council
SGPDA member secretary sounding like a crying baby lamented that the contractor was not adhering to their instructions to clean the market and promised to take action against the contractor for failure to comply with the terms of the contract.
Purnanand Chari demanded that there should be a waste disposal plant at the market. “We are not satisfied with the way things are being done,” he said and hoped that the authorities would take cognizance of the protest and act failing which he said they would intensify their agitation for cleanliness and sanitary conditions in the market.