Fishing community against surrender of Margao wholesale market
GSIDC has asked SGPDA to transfer ownership of the entire wholesale fish market area for the expeditious completion of the ongoing fish market project in Madel, Margao
Herald of the team
MARGAO: The South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) is in a difficult situation as they have to make the difficult decision of handing over the Wholesale Fish Market area to the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) to complete the Fish Market project.
However, the fishing community has opposed such a move as it would create further difficulties for hundreds of fishermen.
The SGPDA Board will discuss the issue in the meeting schedule next week in Margao.
SGPDA Chairman and Vasco MLA, Krishna ‘Daji’ Salkar informed Herald that the issue is being discussed, considering all possible options regarding the issue.
Recently, in the letter, GSIDC requested the SGPDA to surrender ownership of the entire wholesale fish market area for the expeditious completion of the ongoing fish market project in Madel, Margao. Therefore, if a decision is made to hand over the site, the fishing activity will have to be temporarily relocated to another location.
Salkar said: “Yes, we received a letter from GSIDC, but SGPDA has yet to respond to the request. A reasonable decision will be made once the issue is discussed at the board meeting to be convened next week.”
He also agreed that they need to move all fishing activities from the current location to another area, but it is difficult to find suitable land in Margao or Fatorda or nearby.
Antonio Fernandes, President of the South Goa Fish Wholesale Association, said traditional fishermen would also face great difficulties if the wholesale fish market were to move elsewhere.
“Actually, we were told that GSIDC will complete the first phase of the ongoing fish market project and hand it over to fishing activities. The works of the second phase will only start after the completion of the first one,” he explained.
Fernandes said they had been assured by the authorities concerned that fishing activities in the existing market would not be disrupted due to the construction of the fish market project. He also shared that they were opposed to the temporary relocation of the market due to ongoing construction at the site.