Margao: The chairman of South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) Wilfred D’Sa on Tuesday said that a collective decision has been taken to allow 15 fish carrying vehicles at a time in the wholesale fish market from August 1.
This decision was taken during a crucial meeting held with the board members on Tuesday. Sources said that the meeting was convened as advised by the Advocate General to discuss and set guidelines for the inter-state fish carrying vehicles since the wholesale fish traders had approached the High Court seeking opening of the wholesale fish market for trading purpose.
“Fifteen fish carrying vehicles will be allowed at a time inside the wholesale fish market for trading. Each six-wheeler will be charged Rs 500 per hour, while the pickup will be charged Rs 300 per hour and fish-laden rickshaw will have to pay Rs 200. The market will be kept open from 5 am to 10 am daily and an inspector from the FDA will be there to check the fish,” informed D’Sa, adding that, the members have decided to open the wholesale fish market on August 1 after the fishing ban period is over, “however subject to the court directions.”
D’Sa said the area at the wholesale fish market will be demarcated and separate space will be provided to the local ramponkars.
“They will be also allowed inside the market simultaneously,” D’Sa stated, adding that, the SGPDA has already written to the FDA and the department of fisheries to assist the SGPDA in getting quality fish at the wholesale
It may be recalled that the inter-state fish carrying vehicles used to reach the wholesale fish market as early as 2 am and there used be no one to check the fish at the odd hours.