SGPDA and health officials inspect wholesale fish market, shocked by unsanitary conditions
MARGAO: Taking note of the concerns raised by the fishing community regarding the hygienic conditions at the wholesale fish market in Margao, officials from the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) and the Center for Margao Urban Health inspected the market on Monday and assured they would take all precautionary measures to keep the market clean.
SGPDA officials told the Herald that the GSIDC had requested possession of the entire wholesale fish market area for the rapid completion of the ongoing fish market project at the site, and that the market could be temporarily closed. moved to another site.
Eusebio Silva, Sanitary Inspector, Urban Health Center of Margao, along with Francis Dourado, Deputy Engineer and Paul Gomes of SGPDA, and a representative of the Margao Wholesalers Association inspected the market and were shocked by the unsanitary conditions.
Eusebio Silva told reporters that they found many potholes filled with fish waste and water, and noticed that many drains were blocked. “We asked the SGPDA to make a path for the flow of water and to clean the pipes,” he said.
“The GSIDC has requested the SGPDA to hand over the entire wholesale market area to them in order to carry out the market project underway here. We will need to make alternative arrangements for wholesale fish business,” Francis said. Dourado, an official of the SGPDA.
However, fishmongers’ representatives opposed the closure of the entire market area.
“Given the speed of the work going on here, the concerned authority will not even be able to complete the first phase within a year. Earlier, we were told that the work of the second phase will start after the handover of the first phase to the fishing community, to resume the sale of their fish,” the representative said.