Follow COVID norms, S Goa collector to people visiting wholesale fish market

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Margao: The south Goa district collector, Ajit Roy on Wednesday said citizens should responsibly do their business at the Margao wholesale fish market, maintaining the COVID norms and that if the messy situation continues at the wholesale fish market, the administration will act tough.

There are reports that those buying and selling fish, at the wholesale fish market are not following the social distancing norms and not wearing face masks. Crowding and jostling was also witnessed at Goa’s only wholesale fish market, situated at Fatorda.

Sources said that the mamlatdar and deputy collector were deputed to verify the facts at the wholesale fish market and it was found that no social distancing was maintained.  

Speaking to the media, Roy said, “People should know that they should maintain social distance and wear face mask. This is about the safety of people, therefore each and every person should understand his responsibility. The administration is doing its job. Police, municipality, mamlatdar are there in the market to ensure that people follow the norms. If the situation does not improve, we will have to act tough,’’ he added.

On each day, hundreds of people, across the state gather at the wholesale fish market to buy fish that is brought by interstate fish wholesalers and the local ramponkars. The fish wholesalers and the SGPDA which owns the wholesale fish market have failed miserably to help maintain social distancing, which is essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.