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Fisheries department plans to construct new retail market at Fishing Harbour

Visakhapatnam: Vendors selling fish under the scorching sun may soon be a thing of the past at the Fishing Harbour as the fisheries department plans to construct a retail fish market there in the next few months. The estimated cost for constructing the retail fish market is around Rs 2.75 crore and is expected to be a model fish market in the state.

According to sources, the fisheries department has tied up with Tata Trust and has already prepared a detailed project report for the market which will provide space for around 80 to 100 vendors to sell fish at the Fishing Harbour.

Fisheries department sources said that the DPR has already been submitted in which Tata Trust and the fisheries department are expected to pitch in around 30% of the project cost each, while the district administration will bear the remaining 40% cost of the project.

“The existing market is not hygienic and sanitation has been a major issue for several years. We want to change that by developing a new retail fish market. Some portion of the Fishing Harbour will be reclaimed by the Visakhapatnam Port Trust as part of its expansion plans. So, this will provide us an ideal opportunity for developing a new retail fish market for the vendors at the harbour,” said a fisheries department official. “As part of the DPR, we have designed the structure in such a way that there is good ventilation, adequate lighting and also water supply,” he added.

According to fisherfolk representatives, the fishing harbour witnesses landings to the tune of around 300 to 500 tonne on a daily basis. While a large portion of the catch is purchased by exporters, several fisherwomen use the Fishing Harbour to cater to the domestic market. Sources said a users group comprising of representatives from the fisherfolk community will be formed to ensure cleanliness at the proposed fish market.

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