For those accustomed to buying fruit & veg across the road from Lita Store, those days are now over. They are no longer there. For traffic and parking, a good thing. For convenience and a feeling of putting money directly into Timorese pockets, not so good.
And if you ever used the fresh fruit & veg markets near the Stadium round-about (outside Mercada Lama), gone as well. And I see the first signs of the ones on Comorro Road going the same way.
The fish sellers who were making the seaside strip across from One More Bar a home, have also moved on. At least I know where they are and they have finally made those lonely structures down near “Pig Bridge” their new place.
I wondered if the road accident I saw last week outside Lita had anything to do with it.
At this stage, the rugby scrum that you pass through on the way to Dare is still there and there is no sign yet of movement in the market at Pantai Kelapa next to the Pertamina oil facility.
Not sure where this will all end up.
The Mercado Lama group have returned to the new Taibesse market. The Lita group have also gone there. The Comorro Road sellers are due to move shortly. Some will move back to the old Comorro Market site. The Pantai Kelapa sellers will move after that. I am told that unresolved east/west issues mean that sellers would prefer to move with their monu/sai mates.
This stuff is good for traffic flow but real bad for providing accessible shopping for non-pedestrians. The new locations will be hard for car shoppers as parking will not be easy. I imagine security and convenience will be a problem for a few malae which will drive fresh produce sales back to the supermarkets (ie from the little guys to the big guys).