Kolkata is all set to get its first floating market along the lines of those seen in Bangkok, in the coming year. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in collaboration with the municipal corporation has transformed a water body in Patuli area into a one of a kind such market that will house over 200 shops. Around Rs 10 crore has been spent to develop the water body, said councillor of Ward 110 of KMC, Arup Chakraborty.
The Floating Market of Patuli’, which is 500 mts long and 60 mts wide, will be thrown open to the public in January next year. It will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and will have no entry fee. There he saw floating markets and decided to replicate such a market in Kolkata. In India, there is no floating market. The one you see at Kashmir’s Dal Lake is an unorganised market where individual sellers reach out to customers in houseboats.
The market will be divided into four clusters — vegetables, grocery, fish and meat. There will walkways on the water body, which will be used by people to reach these clusters and there will be boats on each side of these walkways which will sell goods. These boats will be the floating shops in the market.