Renovation of N Goa comunidade building soon: Francis

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MAPUSA : Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza on Saturday inspected three ongoing projects in Mapusa.

“After the restoration of the old St Mary school heritage building, the government will take up renovation of the North Goa comunidade administrative building through Goa State Urban Development Agency,” he said.

D’Souza along with the chairperson Rupa Bhakta, vice chairman of GSUDA Rajsingh Rane, chief officer Raju Gawas, municipal engineer Hussain Muzawar, accounts and taxation officer Bhanudas Naik inspected the above heritage building.

The heritage building will be inaugurated on September 8 at the hands of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The municipality will be shifted phase wise starting with the engineering section.

After inspecting the building, the Deputy Chief Minister disclosed that “the area behind the heritage building will be developed into a commercial complex with a hall, ATMs, restaurant and others facilities.”

Later they inspected the vegetable-cum-fruit market and took stock of the ongoing work. The vegetable market will accommodate 250 fruit and vegetable vendors of the market area. The new municipal market is expected to decongest the roads.

MMC has proposed to impose sopo on the vendors who will be accommodated in the market complex and will have to be paid directly at the office.

D’Souza said that “once the market is ready all the fruit and vegetable vendors would be shifted there and vacant spaces would be converted into pay parking.”

They also took stock of the work of 108 shops which are being constructed on the first floor of the three-storey market structure by GSUDA at a cost of Rs 1.82 crore. D’Souza along with other officials went around Mapusa market and expressed concern over encroachments.

Commenting on the condition of the market, he said that “the entire market is become congested. However, after the new vegetable market complex is ready, some spaces would be opened up.”

He said that “if there is political will then all encroachments can be cleared.  For the present state of the market everyone is to be blamed including the elected members.”