Gowrie Roopnarine (left, orange shirt), Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, speaks with the vendors at the Market Facility, on Monday 25 October 2021. (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)

Vendors at the Princes Town Market Facility will be able to ply their trade for Divali and Christmas, after all, following a meeting today with Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, Gowrie Roopnarine.

The vendors staged a protest demonstration earlier today, expressing their dissatisfaction with the market being closed for renovations so close to Divali and Christmas—peak business times for them.

According to a release from the Princes Town Regional Corporation (PTRC), Chairman Gowrie Roopnarine met with the vendors, and they were able to come to an agreement satisfactory to all concerned.

“Alternative arrangements are being made for the vendors to continue to sell, so that they can continue to earn an income during these times”, the PTRC release stated.

PTRC Chairman Gowrie Roopnarine had explained to the vendors that the market renovation project was awarded by the Central Tenders Board (CTB) and the Princes Town Regional Corporation had no control over the timing of the award of the contract.  However, both parties agreed that the work at the market must continue, and alternative arrangements are being made for the vendors while repair works take place.