Quota in Wholesale Fish Market
This is with reference to the news item ‘Churchill seeks quota for Goans at proposed fish market’ (NT July 17). It is shocking to learn that the upgraded wholesale fish market at Fatorda on the lines of Dubai, has no provisions for protecting the interests of Goans and that the business at the market is dominated solely by outsiders despite the crores of rupees spent for renovation. The matter has come to light only after newspaper headlines screamed about the formalin- contaminated fish that was being imported into Goa from neighbouring states. In this connection, the demand made by MLA Churchill Alemao for 95 per cent reservation for Goans in the wholesale fish market business seems perfectly justified and in keeping with the oft-repeated slogan of ‘Goenkarponn,’ symbolising the welfare of Goans. It is sad that our politicians often lose sight of this noble ideal for which they claim to be working for.
A F NAZARETH, Alto Porvorim
On Deaths Due to Potholes
Flooding and bad quality of roads in Goa in this season has been a nightmare for motorists. It has been rightly said that the principal duty and responsibility of a government is to ensure safety of its citizens. According to a report published in a leading national newspaper, in the year 2017 there were approximately 3,700 deaths due to potholes countrywide, whereas deaths from terror attacks were only 800. This year in Mumbai, in the last week alone, 15 deaths occurred due to potholes. It is shocking that many road works do not last for more than a few months. Road repair very often does not last more than a few hours. This is absolutely unacceptable for a public service paid for by the taxpayers. In contrast, the four-lane highway 17B from Verna junction to the airport junction that was commissioned and built by the Mormugao Port Trust is almost 18 years old and still in an almost immaculate condition. Highway 17B was laid by the BRO (Border Roads Organisation). It is quite obvious that when the emphasis is on quality, roads that can withstand heavy traffic and monsoon can be laid out. Obviously, proper design and specifications of the road for the anticipated traffic load have to be planned by the authorities, ensuring among other requirements, a proper drainage and camber so that water quickly runs off the road, and does not accumulate on the road surface. Just as any item purchased carries a service and warranty, public must demand from the government that any road work contract that is awarded must have a minimum of five years of performance/ service guarantee and a penalty clause if the road deteriorates before that wherein the contractor can be heavily penalized.
ROSARIO MENEZES, Vasco