Mangalore: Bejai Fish Market to Finally See Light of Day

Mangalore: Bejai Fish Market to Finally See Light of Day
Pics: Ramesh Pandith
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (PS)
Mangalore, Jan 2:
Finally, fish vendors, most of them women, who had to function out of Bejai market can see a ray of hope in the horizon, with steps being taken to speed up the construction work of the new market.

The fisher folk had to move out of the Bejai market as the construction of the new market complex had begun four years ago, but then the work was stopped for an indefinite period. As a result, the vendors were forced to sell fish on the side of the road.
But signalling good days ahead, those vendors will be soon be accommodated in the new market complex as the work on the building has already resumed. MCC executive engineer Rajashekar told Daijiworld that the tender has been floated and the work is under way. The complex is expected to be completed within 5 months.
KPCC secretary Ivan D’Souza who is also the honorary adviser of Bejai market horata samithi told Daijiworld that though the work was delayed, with the samithi’s pressure tactics playing its role, but finally things have sorted and the work has started.

The new market complex will be a 3 storey building. The total cost of the tender is Rs 1.69 crore and the work will be carried out by contractor Rajaram. The entire work on Bejai market is expected to be completed within 6 months. Once the first floor work gets ready, probably within 3 months, fish vendors may be shifted to the new market complex, he said.
It may be recalled that the MCC planned to erect a full-fledged market complex at Bejai in 2004. Bejai Market Horata Samithi was instrumental in realizing the dream project as it organized a protest in front of the MCC commissioner's office to raise their voice against the halt in the work.


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  • Jessy Lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 16 2013

    This market should be fully airconditioned as a model. Can Ivan Dsouza help ?

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  • sahana, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 07 2013

    Where was Ivan also those years ? This market won't complete in another 5 -6 years.This is only Mr Ivan D'souza's Election Stunt as Assembly election nearing in about months.

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  • Pasha, Karnataka

    Sat, Jan 05 2013

    Whoa! MCC breeding mosquitoes in their own complex. See picture. Someone has to take them to task the MCC commissioner to task. No wonder Bejai is the malaria centre of Mangalore, thanks to MCC. Get your mosquito nets out instead of fishing nets.

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    Fri, Jan 04 2013

    When the MCC has taken such a long duration of 4 years to commence the bejai market work, what is the guarab=ntee that the work will be completed within 6 months. These are all false promises given/made by the political leaders from time to time. We are fed up by these false promises whih have no meaning at all. They fool the public. Instead let them show their guts by doing it practically. Action speak louder than words. The fateof Jeppu market is also the same. The work of the Jeppu market is completely stopped. The reason for stopping the work is not known.

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    Fri, Jan 04 2013

    I agree with MR G R PRABHU...this is only a dream for us.....

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  • Peter, Bejai, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 02 2013

    Begining the work with false promise. Can you belive a 3 story building will finish in 6 months? forget in one year that too government project. Long live indian politicians.

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  • alfred, Bejai' M'lore

    Wed, Jan 02 2013

    This is the usual promise. So far where was the Horata Samiti? Now they got up from sleep after 8 yrs. How many tenders were called so farin 8 yrs? Great surprise if it finishes within 6 months.

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  • sallu, Bangalore

    Wed, Jan 02 2013

    First opening ceremony of the swimming pool by Ivan (guest of BJP)
    He had a fishing rod ready too, caught a few sizeable fishes and then did a breast-stroke in the pool.
    He seemed very happy with all that and promised the fisherwomen the market will be ready soon as he as a congress leader has put pressure on them, so also his "FISH & CHIPS" restaurant beside that swimming pool
    Wonder how many years may have gone by after the start of work for the fish to grow so big in that pool!!!!!
    They will have to wait may be another term of BJP to finish the building and start their fish trade (only a ray a hope - it is said here)

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 02 2013

    Have you guys ever heard about Fish Farming..............

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  • Bhandara, India

    Wed, Jan 02 2013

    The concrete beams looks like 10 years old. The stagnant green water seems to be the breeding ground for mosquitoes - how many got malaria because of this negligence by the corporation? When our corporation will do a decent job and on a timely manner? I abhor the political climate, the politicians and the government in general. The present young generation should bring about a change otherwise, there is no survival in India.

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    Wed, Jan 02 2013

    The basement is fully water logged in rainy season.So I think after the ground floor they will put the slab for 1st floor and shift those Fish Vendors to ground floor. After that the construction work will stop.By the time Election will over.This is only Mr Ivan's Election Publicity.

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  • S. Suvarna, Mangalore/Bejai

    Wed, Jan 02 2013

    The site was acquired by the Corporation years ago for the purpose of having a shopping complex which also will house the market. However, it may be noted that there were 5 shops and 2 residential houses who have been tenants since more than 45-50 years for whom the Corporation under various Mayors have assured verbally to accommodate within the complex by giving them commercial spaces. I hope this important issue has been taken care by the Corporation authorities.

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    Wed, Jan 02 2013

    I am having my own Doubt,that as now they claim that the Market work will finish in about 5 months.But i think that the market won't complete in another 5 years.This is only Mr Ivan D'souza's Election Stunt.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 02 2013

    Govt projects are always like that! No urge to meet desired result! We need good and dedicated leaders for the follow up and timely completion of projects which will help common man. Delay in above project is crime and shows the lethargic attitude of the concerned authority!

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