Hawkers and other vendors on the footpaths in Panjim have been cleared out; Temporary stalls on the Dona-Paula jetty have been side-lined; vendors at the jetty said it would be a blow to their livelihood
Following the High Court order, the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) successfully managed to clear all public places and footpaths across the city. It was illegally encroached by the hawkers and the temporary stalls at the Dona-Paula jetty have now been side-lined.
Neither the petitioner nor any agency had taken any interest in removing illegal encroachment which has now become a question of livelihood.
Speaking to Herald, CCP Commissioner Ajit Roy said “As of now the reality is that the vendors who run small businesses at the Dona Paula jetty for the past many years are not authorised by CCP but it also the question of livelihood of those and many different agencies are involved in this and there is no decision as of now”
As Herald spoke to some of the vendors at the iconic jetty, they said that if they are removed from the site it will be a loss of livelihood for them.
The decision taken by a number of government agencies, to close Panjim’s iconic Dona Paula Jetty has worried the stall owners. This decision was taken after a structural analysis of the entire jetty was done. The report showed that it was unstable and would need to be closed for repairs.
A vendor who sells lime soda at the jetty said “We have been running this business for the last many years and it is our question of our survival. The authorities should think about us and our families. I do not know how much time we have as we have not received any formal letter that we should vacate this place”