Will allot space for worship in SGPDA market: Parrikar

MARGAO: Saying that the government has agreed in principle to allot space for worship in the SGPDA market, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday fixed a joint meeting with the vendors and SGPDA members to finalise the allocation of space and also resolve all pending issues plaguing the mega market complex.

The chief minister made his presence felt in the PDA market in the company of Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado, MLAs Vijai Sardesai and Reginaldo Lourenco, besides, the market vendors on Wednesday evening to get a first hand information about the burning issue.

He inspected the garage in the market complex which has been identified by the PDA for allotment to the vendors to install the religious structures. When the vendors maintained that the small structure may not accommodate all the vendors to offer prayers, Parrikar sought to know the number of vendors offering prayers at a time. After discussions, Parrikar invited the MLAs and vendors for a meeting in Panjim, even as he promised to take an on the spot decision. “We will find a solution which is not political based. The decision will be taken after taking into account the sentiments of the people. After all, the vendors have to offer prayers for good business,” he said.
Replying to a question, the chief minister said the government would build the place of worship, adding that whatever decision taken by the PDA to allot the space would be given final shape on Monday.

When it was pointed out to that the government was supposed to clear the file today, Parrikar said “the file has to come to the department. I cannot directly bypass the department, but we will surely give the place”. He added “as long as it is not obstructing the public passage, there is no harm in giving the space.”

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