Ramesh Savaikar | NT
BICHOLIM: Small-time women vendors from Bicholim villages are making a gainful business by selling local produce to earn their livelihood. These vendors have been allotted space by Bicholim Municipal Council (BMC) in the new market, however, they prefer to squat on the steps at the entrance of the market building so that they can get customers easily.
Around 25-30 vegetable vendors, especially women squat at the market building entrances.
They are making a brisk business when it comes to local produces as vegetables like ratali, brinjal, navalkol, katekangyo are popular among the people. Many Goans prefer the local variety of vegetables over those supplied from Belagavi in Karnataka and also Maharashtra. The local tamarind is also in demand which is sold at Rs 350 per kg.
According to these vendors, they occupy little market space for selling vegetables and pay sopo to the BMC.
However, locals of the town said that when the vendors occupy the steps it causes hindrance while entering the building and, hence, they should be strictly made to use only the allotted spaces.
At the same time, some feel that it becomes convenient to buy vegetables from the vendors without going inside the market and also that a variety of vegetables are available at the market entrance itself.
Meanwhile, the open shed near the market has been demolished by BMC authority in order to construct a new market block.
The market work, which was undertaken about 18 months ago, is nearing completion. It will accommodate traders, who have been temporarily shifted to new market, it was informed.
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Source:: The Navhind Times