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North DM to discuss highway, road ‘encroachments’ by food vans, carts



The North Goa District Magistrate has scheduled a meeting on March 17 taking cognisance of a report that appeared in this daily highlighting how food vans and carts were flouting rules at Porvorim and Saligao.

The report had spotlighted brazen violation of norms by way of stationing of food vans and carts along the busy highway at Porvorim and along the roadside near Saligao church that was leading to traffic snarls especially during peak hours and even minor mishaps.  However, apart from this malaise, the norms also entail that such vans and carts are not supposed to be stationed along the national highways.

Most of the times the food van operators are seen conducting business along the highway and roads by laying tables and chairs to provide congenial environment and thereby attract more customers and make brisk business. Also that they make use of LPG cylinders in violation of related norms, while they were also found stationing their vans close to electricity poles, increasing chances of accidental fires. Further food leftover and other waste was also attracting stray dogs and cattle, giving rise to stray animal menace and hygiene issue.

While this was all happening right under the nose of local authorities, the latter had chosen to turn a blind eye.

Deputy director of RTO Prakash Azavedo, when contacted to know if any action had been taken on food vans and carts operating along the highway and busy roads and violating norms, he stated that a meeting of director of fire and emergency services, convenor of Goa Civil and Consumer Action Network, director of food and drugs administration, deputy superintendent of police (traffic), director of transport, additional director, principal chief engineer, PWD-Altinho, director of panchayats and director of civil supplies and consumer affairs has been called on March 17 to discuss and sort out
the issue.

Speaking further, he said that a suggestion will be made to shift the food vans and carts to a suitable site for which the concerned panchayats will have to identify the spots.

The road being the property of the PWD, action needs to be taken by that department, it
was stated.  

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