The Panaji municipal market will be reopened for public from today (Tuesday) onwards but almost all the vendors occupied their shops on Monday afternoon due to the heavy rain, revealed city Mayor, Uday Madkaikar.
“The market will function under strict and complete monitoring from the corporation staff due to COVID-19 social distancing’’ he informed adding “we cannot take social distancing lightly as this is concerning the health of the people.’’
Speaking to this daily, Madkaikar said CCP and Panaji Municipal Market Tenant and Vendors Association members held a meeting and discussed the modalities how to monitor the market once it’s opened for the public.
He said the front gate as well as the gate opposite to the fish market will be reopened to avoid inconvenience to the visitors to begin with and all vendors will be allowed to operate as most of them are engaged in selling perishable goods such as fruits, vegetables and flowers.
“If they conduct business after a gap of one day like others do, the costly mangoes and other fruits and vegetables will either get rotten or damaged and incur heavy losses, so they have been allowed to sit everyday and conduct business like before but by maintain social distance,’’ he added.
Even many varieties of flowers, fruit and vegetables have a day’s life and will perish within just 24-hours of its existence and as such many vegetable vendors, fruit vendors and flower vendors will lose their livelihood and incur heavy losses if the ‘alternate day closure and open’ formula is applied, he added.
In all there are 400 platforms ‘sopos’ and 400 shops functioning on the ground floor as well as on the first floor there is space for 800 visitors inside the market.
Meanwhile the mayor informed that the CCP has formed a ‘Night Squad’ with a 10 member team and would attend to any exigency arising out of any emergency during the monsoon like flooding, tree fall etc.
CCP is facing a labour crunch as Goans are not willing to work as carpenters, plumbers, or work in silts or dig gutters. Hence we had to end the cleaning of deep gutters opposite Government Primary school in the city near Urban Health Centre till Ferry point and from Bal Bhavan till Miramar which are flooding points, he added.