Modern Fish Market at Junglighat ready for launch

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Port Blair
31 May 2018

The Modern Fish Market at Junglighat, aimed to boost the fishing industry of these islands, promote domestic fish marketing and enable people to buy quality fish amidst certain conveniences, is ready for inauguration. Constructed with an investment of more than 90 lakh, the Modern Fish Market with a capacity for 68 vendors is equipped with a range of facilities, will help fishers handle fish harvest from different parts of the city and provide buyers a more hygienic ambience.
The foundation stone for the Modern Fish Market at Junglighat was laid in June 2016 and the much awaited construction was executed in a record period of less than two years. The display platform of the Market will have facilities for keeping small insulated box with fish, display of fish in hygienic condition beside area for dressing and cleaning of fish wastes. The drainage system of the market has been planned to avoid bad odour of fish wastes. The market also has provision for a chilled room for storage of fish in ambient conditions for longer shelf life and quality. A separate electronic weighing balance compartment is also proposed to be provided inside the market to facilitate consumers to check the weight of procured fish. In ensure cleanliness of the area, toilet, solid waste management and sewage treatment is proposed to be developed in the next phase.
The Department of Fisheries, A&N Administration constructed the Modern Fish Market at Junglighat with the assistance of National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB). Of the total cost of the project, 55% investment has been be funded by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad and the remaining by the A&N Administration. “One of the long pending demand of fish vendors in the city will be fulfilled after the inauguration of the Modern Fish Market at Junglighat. The administration should also provide other facilities like water, electronic weighing machines, proper drains in the complex that the waste from the fish does not block them. Proper lighting and wind circulation facilities for the fishers folks should also be provided besides equipping them with high-tech fishing equipments. The Union Government and the UT Administration has launched several schemes for promotion of the fishing industry here and we hope that the Modern Fish Market at Mohanpura will also be completed soon,” said some fishers.