Ponda: Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) has decided to serve notices to all the shop owners asking them to occupy the allotted shops in the market complex within 15 days or else the shops would be auctioned by cancelling earlier allocation, informed PMC chairperson Venkatesh Naik.
“Shop owners have not shifted to the new market complex despite allocation of premises and hence, PMC has decided to act strictly by serving notices of 15-day period to occupy the shops,” stated Naik.
He said that after completion of necessary work Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA) had handed over the market complex to the PMC. Following which, the PMC tendered minor works of the market which are pending. After completing them, ground floor plus the mezzanine floor of the complex will be made operational, Naik said.
When asked about the time it may require to fully operationalise the market complex, the chairperson stated that within two months the market complex will be made functional and after shifting the market vendors, work of the second phase of the complex will commence.
Ponda market complex was constructed at the cost of around Rs 27 crore and was inaugurated in December 2011. However, since then most part of the complex has been left underutilised and all the efforts made by the PMC and other government agencies like GSUDA and DMA has failed so far. The market complex consists of 155 shops, 40 offices, five stalls, three flats, one hall and parking space for 134 vehicles. But for the last 8 years, most of the shops have remained vacant. Of the total shops in the complex, 121 shops have been allotted for rehabilitation of existing lessees, but most of them are yet to occupy use. Three shops have been occupied by PMC for library, Indian Red Cross Society and Ponda Consumer’s Society. The remaining shops, stalls, offices are yet to be allotted and for that tendering process has been initiated, informed PMC sources.
Taking note of the underutilisation of the market complex, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had inspected it in the month of July and assured of making it fully operational by Ganesh Chaturthi but nothing much has happened. PMC is planning to make the market complex operational by December 2019.