Arpita Srivastava | NT
MAPUSA : Mapusa, which is the commercial capital of North Goa, is famous for its Friday market, however, the town is yet to have a full fledged vegetable market.In 2005, the Mapusa Municipal Council proposed vegetable market project for the town, but till date the work on it has not been completed, as it progressed at a snail’s pace.
Sources claim that by August 15 the market complex will be thrown open to the public.
The vegetable market, which is expected to accommodate 500-550 vendors, on an area of 1,200 square metres, is being constructed at a cost of Rs 3.75 crore. The Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA) was asked to take up the work on a war footing. The work, which was undertaken in 2005, was left incomplete by the contractor in 2007 over the non-payment of bills.
Mapusa Merchants Association president Yeshwant Gaundalkar said “The work on the vegetable market is going on at a snail’s pace since 2005. We have been assured by our MLA that the work would be completed soon as the present market area has been crowded with many vendors occupying it. Even the pavements and roads are being occupied.”
MMC chairperson Rupa Bhakta said, “There has been delay in completing the vegetable market. The construction is underway, and hopefully by August 15 the market will be handed over to the civic body.”
“For 5 years the incomplete market building was lying in a neglected state. In 2009, the vegetable market was handed over to the MMC, and was asked to complete the pending work. But due to a technical reason, the work was handed over to the GSUDA, which will be completing the project at a cost of Rs 3 crore” said the chairperson.
When asked about the work status of the vegetable market project, Uday Lawande, chief project officer, Goa State Urban Development Agency said “As there was a structure existing earlier, there was not much of planning involved. We constructed RCC columns and carried out roofing work. Fixing of tiles, painting and electrical work are to be carried out, and it will be completed soon.”
Deputy Chief Minister and Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza said “This project was proposed many times, and the work progressed at very slow pace. I am happy with the present pace of work. The vegetable market will be a reality soon for the residents of Mapusa.”