Vendors in the Panaji municipal market are having a harrowing time as water is leaking at various places from the rooftop even during light rain.
Vendors claiming that this is an annual monsoon menace for the last five years alleged that even after bringing it to the notice of the concerned department, no proper steps have been initiated. They said that some vendors are forced to tie tarpaulin or plastic sheets to protect their wares from getting spoilt.
Vegetable vendors said that even small drops of rain water damages the vegetables especially leafy vegetables, green chillies and beans. Fruit vendors also narrated the ordeal they face.
Readymade garment stall owners also claimed that water spoils even clothes if it is undetected for days thereby causing them a heavy loss.
Meanwhile, the market vendors were also at the receiving end for three days due to power failure. Vendors had a tough time in conducting their business properly in the darkness and left their wares in the open during evening hours.