VALPOI: The Valpoi municipality has shifted 176 cloth and cutlery vendors of the weekly market on the road leading to Massordem village in a bid to ease traffic congestion on the interior road leading to Valpoi Municipal Council ground.
Chief officer Dasharath Gawas said, “The cloth, shoes and cutlery vendors, who are operating their business along the interior road of the town, has been shifted to a road leading to Massordem village (old venue where the weekly market was held). As per the new council decision, we have also made an announcement in this regard and given enough time to make elaborate arrangements to shift the vendors. Finally on Tuesday we managed to shift around 176 vendors.”
VMC chairperson Ramdas Shirodkar said, “Many residents including hospital and school authorities were complaining that due to the vendors there was traffic congestion on the interior road leading to VMC ground. Taking cognizance of this complaint our council had decided to shift the roadside vendors which will ease traffic congestion.” Adding further Shirodkar said, “Due to space crunch, we could not shift the entire market but we will work out a solution in this matter”. “The vendors have been allotted space in the market by the official and we will see that no injustice is done on the vendors” he said.
A cloth vendor said, “It is a welcome decision. But if the entire market is organised at one spot it would have brought cheers on our face since it will be very easy for buyers to shop at one location.”
Meanwhile, the civic body barricaded the space from Fatima Convent till Amshekar hospital. “This is a welcome move. I am very happy as the civic body has finally taken a big step to ensure smooth vehicular movement in the town. At the same time I would request the civic body not to allow tempos and trucks to be parked at the vacated area” suggested a parent pointing out to the haphazard parking near the school.