MARGAO: Agitated traders from Margao New Market have warned of taking law in their own hands if the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) fails to take action against the illegal business activities in and around Margao, as traders’ gheraoed the Chairperson Lyndon Pereira on Friday.
Several traders marched towards the municipality and took the chairperson to task for inaction against the illegal businesses in the commercial city, despite raising the issue several times. However, the civic body has assured them that action will be taken from Saturday onwards.
On Friday morning a morcha led by Vinod Shirodkar, President of the New Market Association marched to the municipality and gheraoed the chairperson. They lambasted the council for inaction against the illegal business activities, mostly on the footpaths and in and around the new market. Traders even criticised the civic body for not giving serious attention towards the issues pertaining to cleanliness and repair works of the market.
Speaking to the media persons, Shirodkar said that the municipal council is least bothered about the cleanliness in the market.
"We can notice garbage all-around and unhygienic conditions in the market. The issue of a shed is also pending for the last many years. There are several other issues which are not attended by the civic body, despite urging them", he stated.
Vinod further warned that they will take law in their hands against the illegal business activities if the civic body fails to act by Monday.
However, Pereira has assured that action will be initiated against the illegal vendors from Saturday itself.
"Traders have demanded to remove all the illegal vendors selling fruits and other goods on the footpath. They have claimed that business in New Market has been badly affected due to the illegal business activities outside the market", said the chairperson.
He further informed that instruction has been already given to the market inspector to initiate the drive against illegal business activities.
The chairperson also admitted that the workers engaged in taking action against the illegal business activities are not doing their duties properly.
"We will reshuffle the workers engaged at market areas. I will move a note to the chief officer on the issue”, he added.