There are no plans to shift the Calangute fish market from its present location to a new spot at Bhodkovodh, along the Mapusa-Calangute road, said deputy speaker and Calangute legislator Michael Lobo. Speaking to reporters recently, he said some disgruntled political elements have been spreading rumours that the market is being relocated, but denied any such plans. “The existing market is an age-old market which has been there for a long time and it will continue to remain there. The project we have planned at Bhodkovodh is for a government office building where all the offices like the PWD, electricity department, post office, etc, will be at one location for the benefit of the public,” Lobo said. He also said the Calangute fish market will continue to remain exclusively for Goan fish vendors. “We will never allow migrant fish vendors in the Calangute fish market. All the vendors here are Goans from Calangute, Candolim and surrounding areas. Calangute market is known for its fresh fish as the fish sold here is the daily catch brought in by traditional fishermen,” he said.
Complimenting the Calangute fishing community for their cooperation in the renovation of the fish market, deputy speaker and Calangute MLA, Michael Lobo said, “Infrastructure needs improvement and for this, cooperation from people is a must. But every time we start something, somebody tries to block it by approaching the high court.” He was speaking at the inaugural of the renovated market for fish, vegetables and fruits at Calangute. Stating that inadequate power and water supply remain the biggest issues in Calangute, Lobo said efforts to improve the power situation have been blocked as farmers are opposing installation of electricity poles in agricultural fields in Parra and have even approached the court. “But they lost. The court has directed the collector to take an appropriate decision,” he said.