Kolkata becomes First Indian Metro to get a Floating Market with over 200 Shops


Floating markets are popular everywhere throughout the world. While India has been behind on this front, it won’t be any more in the coming year of 2019.

City of Kolkata is good to go to get its first Floating market along the lines of those found in Bangkok, in the coming year. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) as a team with the civil enterprise has changed a water body in Patuli region into a unique such market that will accommodate more than 200 shops. Around Rs 10 crore has been spent to build up the water body, said councilor of Ward 110 of KMC, Arup Chakraborty

The Floating Market of Patuli’, which is 500 mts in length and 60 mts wide, will be tossed open to people in general in some days from now. It will be initiated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and will have no entry charge.

“Our Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim as of late went by Bangkok to go to a workshop. There he saw floating markets and chose to duplicate such a market in Kolkata. In India, there is no floating market. The one you see at Kashmir’s Dal Lake is a disorderly market where singular dealers connect with clients in houseboats. This will be the nation’s first floating market and the third in Asia.

The minister was searching for a place to set this up. When I came to think about his arrangement, I moved toward him and disclosed to him that there are water bodies in my ward which could be utilized to set up this market. He had sent KMDA officers to check the possibility parts of the water body. Subsequent to getting a positive report, the KMDA alongside the KMC stepped up with regards to set up the market,” Chakraborty.

“The market will be separated into four groups — vegetables, grocery items, fish and meat. There will walkways on the water body, which will be utilized by individuals to achieve these bunches and there will be pontoons on each side of these walkways which will offer products. These pontoons will be the floating shops in the market,” the councilor said. He additionally included that there will be an additional staff to clean and clear up the waste and plastic.

He added that shopkeepers who were evicted from the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass area due to road widening will be rehabilitated in the floating market. “The Eastern Metropolitan Bypass was moved toward a six-path street as of late. Therefore, a few retailers from one side of the street were expelled. These business people will be restored in this floating business sector,” he said.

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