Govt to undertake restoration work at Margao Old Market
The State government has appointed a local consultant to undertake the proposed Tinto Heritage Restoration work at Old Market in Margao in the backdrop of the comunidade refusing to grant NOC sought by Margao Municipal Council nearly three months ago.
“The GSIDC has undertaken the proposed Tinto Heritage Restoration work at Old Market, Margao. M/s Ankit Prabhudessai has been appointed as a consultant and as regards to the payment to the consultant, no payment is done till date,” Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant said in a written reply to Congress’ Alexio Reginald Lourenco’s question on the proposed work.
The proposed project aims at refurbishing and renovating the existing market, thus reviving the historical landmark that defines a collective image of the town and most importantly defines its image.
The Chief Minister stated that objectives of the project comprises of refurbishment of the existing walls and other design elements of old market complex while refurnishing the internal area with due permission from shop owner without changing spatial arrangements, refurbishing outer columns by maintaining continuity in the façade and to restore doors and windows.
He also stated that proper plan and design need to be devised for signages and sign boards as well as footpath needs to be designed so that it is used for pedestrian movements. All this comes even as Comunidade of Margao communicated its decision of rejecting the NOC to the civic body on grounds that the locality was always known as ‘Mercado Velho’ or Old Market, and that “Tinto” was/is near the Colva Circle and owned by the MMC.