Gambling will not be allowed during Mapusa jatra: D’Souza



Gambling activities will not be allowed in and around Bodgeshwar temple premises during the annual seven-day jatra that will begin on January 23, Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, said on Wednesday after the second meeting held to take stock of preparations for the jatra.
While addressing mediapersons at the conference hall of MMC building after a meeting with officials of various departments, D’Souza further said that this year the government has planned the annual jatra in a better way.
D’Souza said that works have been decentralised to respective departments. Fire department has been assigned work to spray water in the field so that dust does not fill the air, electricity department has given order to illuminate the entire area including the parking slot which is identified, Mapusa Municipality has been assigned work to manage the garbage management and stalls as they have demarcated entire area for establishing of stalls. Around 200 stalls are expected at the fair. Mapusa traffic cell has identified two parking areas one is the ground which has been leveled for new bus stand project and other one would be at Morod the entire field area where parking would be allowed for seven days.
D’Souza said, “There will be toilet and drinking water facilities for convenience of people visiting the jatra. We have made provision wherein staff of fire, electricity department, police and municipality will be permanently stationed at the jatra for all seven days.”
When asked about the safety arrangement assistant engineer Norman Athaide informed, “All stall owners have been instructed to install earth leakage circuit breaker so that no short circuit happens and in addition the transformer has recently been upgraded so that proper illumination can be done”.
While fire in-charge Bosco Ferrao said, “As directed by D’Souza, we will have one fire tender stationed at the premises and we have also instructed all stalls to have fire extinguishers.”
D’Souza appealed to people to cooperate and maintain discipline in terms of parking of vehicles, use of dust bins etc so that jatra is celebrated systematically.