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A morcha taken out by the business community to protest demolition of the Mapusa flower market. Erwin Fonseca |NT

Mapusa flower market vendors, shop owners protest demolition

MAPUSA: Aggrieved over the decision of the Mapusa municipality to demolish the Mapusa flower market, a large number of shopkeepers, and vendors from the market along with their sympathizers on Monday evening staged a morcha at the Mapusa municipality demanding a roll back in the decision.

Around 200 merchants, shopkeepers and vendors from the Mapusa flower market and surrounding areas staged a morcha demanding a roll back in the decision to demolish the flower market. 

The aggrieved business community stressed that they would oppose the demolition of the market and would not tolerate this injustice. The speakers flayed the municipality for trying to destroy a heritage structure. 

Prof Prajal Sakhardande, Advocate Jatin Naik along with members of the Mapusa merchants association called on the chairperson Sandip Falari and presented him a memorandum asking him to refrain from destroying the structure but to preserve the building by undertaking some repairs. 

Sakhardanade later assured the aggrieved vendors that he would seek an appointment with the chief minister and apprise him of the situation. 

Meanwhile Sandip Falari has said “I agree that they may have a lot of fears or apprehensions in demolishing the market, but as a chairperson I have to look at the welfare of the entire town. It is a council decision. Till date the aggrieved people have not given me anything in writing and solution cannot be worked out by holding a morcha. Let there be some representation made to me then the matter can be sorted out” he informed.

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