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Thursday, September 22, 2016

50 GSHCL veg outlets may be shut

Panaji: The state horticulture corporation has blacklisted 50 of its 835 vegetable outlets in the state owing to complaints of poor service at these outlets.
The corporation, which sells vegetables and fruits at subsidized rates, also plans to start 250 more outlets. Applications forms for the same will be floated soon, said chairman of Goa State Horticulture Corporation Limited (GSHCL) and Tivim MLA Kiran Kandolkar.

"The 50 outlets to be shut have been identified. We will send them a notice that they have been blacklisted. But, if some of them are willing to change their ways, we might offer them a second chance," said Kandolkar.
He elaborated saying that these outlets were notorious for shutting shop after a few hours of service and were not kept open during the evenings. Residents near these GSHCL outlets have been unhappy with the unavailability of services throughout the day.
Kandolkar said that 400 forms will be floated for the 250 new outlets that the GSHCL plans to start. Those who had applied since 2012 for the establishment of a GSHCL outlet along with new applicants will be scrutinized. Of these 250 will be selected for setting up new outlets.
The department is also gearing up for its new supermarket venture in vegetable sales. GSHCL's first ever supermarket will be inaugurated on October 5 at Altinho. Besides this, four more are being planned for Ponda, Mapusa, Sanvordem and Curchorem in the next two months. There are also plans to export locally produced chilies that will be harvested next month, to the Gulf. "We are expecting a very bountiful produce," said Kandolkar.
Asked about the developments on the Tivim horticulture project, he said, "It's been months since we initiated the project. The file has not moved yet. Some ministers are creating obstacles for us to take things further but I do not wish to name them."

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