Kolkata Gets the first Floating Market

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Recently Kolkata, West Bengal became the first metro city to have a floating market. The market was unveiled by the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee.

Lake Patuli has been transformed into a floating market. The market which is 400 meters long and 60 meters wide, has sellers selling vegetables, fruits, fish and meat among others.

Highlights

  • It is the first such market in a metro city in India
  • The floating market is similar to that of Jammu & Kashmir and Thailand
  • Two water bodies were merged to set up the place
  • There are wooden walkways all around the area to help the customers reach the boats
  • The shopkeeper will be selling vegetables, fruits, fish, cereals etc.
  • The timing of the floating market is set up to be 6 am to 9 pm
  • The boats have been specially designed and build for the market with a length of 10 ft and a space of two stalls
  • In its early operation, the market will have about 114 boats featuring double the sellers.

Right now a lot of shopkeepers are hesitant about this new idea as boats are not used as a medium by many but still, they are optimistic about the same.

Why is this floating market being formed?

The main idea of this new floating market is to rehabilitate sellers of Baishnabghata-Patuli market. Earlier during the EM Bypass widening process around 228 shopkeepers were removed. As per some reports, around six crores has been spent to set up the new market.

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