Following the recent protest by vendors of the Vasco fish market, the Vasco Fish Market Association legal representative Fr Michael Fernandes has requested the Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) and police to act on roadside vendors and to take up cleanliness of the temporary shed which houses the present Vasco fish market.
This was discussed at a joint meeting between Fr Fernandes, MMC Chairperson Leo Rodrigues and MMC Chief Officer Jayant Tari on Friday.
Speaking to media after the meeting, Fr Michael Fernandes said he was happy with the happy with actions by the MMC on fish wholesalers.
“We were invited by the Chief Officer after Vasco market fish vendors sold fish outside the MMC building in protest and it led to chaos. I have met both the MMC Chairperson and the Chief officer and I am happy that MMC had taken actions by sealing the wholesaler fish stalls,” said Fr Fernandes.
“The MMC had earlier also closed down fish wholesale shops while we handed over our fish market to them but the illegal sale of fish resumed recently again which led to the protest.”
“I only request the MMC to use police force and continue to act on the roadside vendors who are illegally selling the fish and use their powers to attach the goods. The MMC has once again assured us that there will be no illegal sale of fish and if they stand with their assurances, there will be no agitation,” said Fr Fernandes.
He said the Vasco Fish Market Association also requested the MMC to maintain hygiene of the new shed given to Vasco fish vendors.
“The shed has become very dirty and the MMC must clear the drainage system where waste is sometimes collected and this will help the smooth functioning of the temporary Vasco fish market,” said Fr Fernandes
MMC Chairperson Leo Rodrigues said the meeting was very fruitful and also assured to take steps to stop illegal sale of fish.
“Fr Fernandes has assured us that there will be no agitation if the illegal sale of fish is stopped in Vasco,” said Rodrigues.