A rush free Ponda market – a proven experiment?

The experiment of shifting the three-day traditional matoli bazaar at the back of the Ponda Market was a grand success.

Thousands of people were able to shop hassle-free. The 350-odd Matoli vendors were provided sufficient space to display their goods at the approach road behind the market. Thus, avoiding the rush and traffic chaos.

Better organisation of the Ponda market

After witnessing this rush–free bazaar, the citizens of Ponda are now demanding similar shift with the fruit, flower, grocery and vegetable vendors.  “Vendors are scattered all over the market,” complained the locals.


There isn’t a facility for an individual to purchase all their requirements at one place. In addition, shopping would be easier if vendors were grouped respectively, expressed locals.

Umesh Naik, a Ponda resident said, “If the municipality wants to decongest the market, it should replicate the matoli bazaar in respect of other vendors too.”

Further, the roads in the bazaar are occupied by over 300 vendors, making shopping difficult for the people. Locals said that if one wants to purchase vegetables, one can do so within the same location if the vegetable vendors are grouped together.

Hope the Ponda Municipality meets the citizens’ demands soon, and the bazaar to be congestion free.


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