Kolkata officials announce plans to open India’s first-ever ‘floating market’ to the public next year
- The market will be based on edges on Biswa Bangla Sarani or the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Patuli
- The market, a first for India, will open to the public in January next year
- A city councilor added that the market will have different segments for different types of products
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Kolkata will make history by adding a floating market to the water.
Officials say the proposed market is the first of its kind in India and the third in Asia.
Located on the outskirts of Biswa Bangla Sarani or the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass in South Kolkata, near Patuli, this will be open to the public in January next year.
City councilor Arup Bhattacharya who initiated the dream project of Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee and Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim explained, “It is one of the biggest events in Kolkata.
Kolkata will make history with its floating market, which officials say will be the first of its kind in India and the third in Asia. The market will open to the public in January next year
When people visit the city, they make sure to visit the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial or the Eco Park.
“I am pretty sure that when someone visits Kolkata in the future, they will certainly visit Patuli to visit the floating market – which will redefine tourism in Kolkata,” he said.
What makes the proposed market unique is the elevated walkway over the water with small railings opening to the boats parked next to it.
“There is no such floating market across the country. Here you can see that the platforms are actually built on the pond. Buyers can walk on the water via the paths, ‘explains Arup.
Arup also added that the market will have different segments for different types of products.
“114 boats are coming onto the market and each boat will consist of two stores. This gives the market a total of 228 stores. The idea came about when the Minister of Municipal Affairs came across a similar market in Bangkok.
The market is being built in the Patuli area of Kolkata
“There are two floating markets and this will be the third in Asia and of course the very first in India. The setup will be as if there will be different clusters and in each different there will be different shops – like one selling vegetables, another having a grocery store for sale, while there will be another cluster for fish, for example.
“So if people wanted to buy a certain thing, he could enter the market and go straight to the specific cluster of stores,” said the councilor.
“Actually it would be a completely different feeling. Who doesn’t like shopping? And imagine. Not only would he like to shop at this market, but he would also experience the thrill of walking on the water, ‘he concluded.