Floating market inaugurated in Kolkata; similar to those in J&K and Thailand
In a bid to provide the buyers with a unique user experience, the West Bengal recently got a floating market of its own.
None less than West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee inaugurated the market through a remote control during a programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium.
It need be mentioned that Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has set up the market in the southern fringes of the city to rehabilitate vendors who were displaced during the widening of EM Bypass.
It is said that the market market on the Patauli lake is similar to those set up in Jammu and Kashmir or even Thailand.
It has been developed for a cost of around Rs 9 crores.
The market is to sell off vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, cereals, rice, edible oils and tea on stalls.
The timing of the market has been set to be from 6 am to 9 pm.
The decision to shift the market was taken to enable road widening.
Each of the boats is measuring over 10 ft in length and is specially designed and brightly painted, similar to those in Pattaya’s floating markets, with the capacity and space for two stalls.
In a bid to set up the market, two water bodies were merged. To help buyers and shopkeepers reach the boats, wooden walkways have been constructed. The market will help in the rehabilitation of over 200 hawkers. >