Plans to build a five storeyed fish and vegetable market complex in 2 acres of land at the City Market is on anvil and the tenders will be executed soon after the project was approved by the government.
Briefing about the project during a demonstration, Architect Dharmaraj said that the 3.5 lakh square feet building will be constructed after demolishing the existing market building at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore. A total of 12,000 square feet area will be reserved exclusively for fish market. There will be 320 stalls to sell fish, 125 stalls for dry fish and 30 stalls for shell fish, he explained.
The parking lot with 1,000 car parking capacity will be provided at the basement of the complex. Separate premises will be arranged for chicken, mutton and vegetable stalls other than fish market, he said adding that the vegetable market will have a separate entrance and common entrance.
No rent for fish vendors
District-in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar said that the government is committed to safeguard the fishermen, who are suffering hardship due to the introduction of modern fish vending stalls in shopping malls. Stalls in the proposed hygienic fish market will be made available to fish vendors, especially women, without collecting rent, he added.
Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj said that the design of fish vending stalls will be finalised only after seeking suggestions from fish vendors. The model fish vending stall designed by the architect will be demonstrated to women fish vendors at the Deputy Commissioner’ Office on July 26, he added.
Necessary changes will be made in the design based on the suggestions from fish vendors. The market will be 100 per cent hygienic that it will have water supply connections and UGD connection will be provided to drain the waste, he said and added that the construction work can be completed within two years of the commencement.
NFDC to fund
Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC) Chairman Ramachandra Baikampady said that the National Fisheries Development Corporation (NFDC) has already agreed to bear the 90 per cent of the cost. KFDC and the Mangalore City Corporation will have to bear the 10 per cent of the construction cost, he added.
30 crore for wharf
Palemar said that the government has sanctioned Rs 30 crore for the development fishing wharf at Koderi in Byndoor. The Government has already released Rs 10 crore for the purpose. Meanwhile, a total of Rs 1.73 has been sanctioned for the development of Mangalore fishing wharf at Bunder, the Minister added.