Newly-formed Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) on Friday started a special drive to check trade licences of shops in its jurisdiction. The civic body allocated 15 days time to shopkeepers to renew trade licenses.
The team comprising of MMC chairperson Deepak Naik, deputy chairperson Shashikant Parab, ward 15 councillor Nandadeep Raut and other MMC officials visited around 50 shops and more than half of them could not provide trade licences while some said that they have not renewed the licence.
Many shopkeepers are running businesses without a valid trade licence and some have sub-let their shops depriving the MMC a lot of revenue for the last several years.
Naik said, “MMC authorities will be allocating 15 days time to the shopkeepers till November 30 to get their trade licenses renewed or to get fresh licenses approved failing which the shopkeepers will not be allowed to continue the business.”
Naik however said that the MMC authorities have been asked to cooperate with the shopkeepers and promptly issue trade licenses without any hardships. He said that the municipal authorities would seek legal advice in case any shopkeeper is found sub-letting shops.
On recovering the long-pending dues from various establishments, Naik said that he would not mess up all the issues but would take up issues one by one and sort them out by personal intervention. He disclosed that the MMC would initiate drive against vendors of vegetable market who did not pay sopo on November 18, 19 and 20.