Fishing community against the sale of the Margao wholesale market
GSIDC requested SGPDA to hand over possession of the entire wholesale fish market area for the speedy completion of the ongoing fish market project in Madel, Margao
MARGAO: The South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) is in a no-win situation as it has to make the difficult decision to hand over the wholesale fish market area to the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) for the completion of the fish market project.
However, the fishing community has spoken out against such a move, as it will cause more hardship for hundreds of fishermen.
The board of the SGPDA will deliberate on the matter at the meeting scheduled for next week in Margao.
SGPDA and Vasco MLA Chairman, Krishna ‘Daji’ Salkar informed Herald that the matter will be discussed, wherein all possible options will be considered regarding the matter.
Recently, GSIDC in the letter requested SGPDA to hand over possession of the entire wholesale fish market area for the speedy completion of the ongoing fish market project in Madel, Margao. And therefore, the fishing activity must be temporarily moved to another place, if it is decided to give up the site.
Salkar said: “Yes, we have received a letter from the GSIDC, but the SGPDA has not yet responded to the request. A proper decision will be made once the matter has been discussed at the board meeting, which has been called for next week.
He also agreed that they should move all fishing activities from the current location to another area, but it is difficult to find suitable land in or near Margao or Fatorda.
Antonio Fernandes, chairman of the South Goa Fishermen’s Federation for the wholesale fish market, said traditional fishermen would be in big trouble among others if the wholesale fish market was moved to another location.
“In fact, we were told that the GSIDC will complete the first phase of the ongoing fish market project and it will be handed over to fishing activities. Work on the second phase will only begin after the completion of the first,” he said.
Fernandes further said that they have been assured by the relevant authorities that fishing activities in the existing market will not be disrupted due to the construction of the proposed fish market. He also informed that they opposed the temporary relocation of the market, following the ongoing construction works at the site.