The Margao Municipal Council (MMC), on Monday, seized food items and household goods including refrigerators worth Rs 40,000 in an anti-encroachment drive carried out by it at Fatorda.
Speaking to the media after the drive, the chief officer of the MMC, Siddhivinayak Naik said, “The raid was conducted at a general store at Fatorda.”
“The owner of the store had encroached on the footpath and had displayed refrigerators on a permanent stand. It was illegal, and therefore, we removed it,” Naik added.
The MMC had to bring a mini truck and other vehicles to carry the seized items, as there were a couple of big aluminum stands which were also put up on the footpath.
When the chief officer realised that the half a dozen of workers who were at the job could not dismantle the iron stand used for displaying refrigerators, he ordered to get excavator.
With the help of the excavator, the iron stand was removed and taken away.
“We will carry out the anti-encroachment drive,” Naik said, even though resentment was expressed by the people gathered there stating that such raids are selectively carried out.
Meanwhile, the chief officer presented flowers to the four defaulting banks, and reminded them that they have to pay arrears.
According to the chief officer, these defaulting banks owe the municipality a total of Rs 50 lakh.
“Through a surprise visit, we gathered that one bank is involved in tax evasion tactics,” he said.