Night market to open in Kolkata

On August 14, a new type of market is going to be inaugurated in Kolkata – night market. The idea for such a market has come from the popular night markets in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Kolkata Municipal Development Authority (KMDA) is in charge of constructing and maintaining the place. It will come up near Abhishikta Crossing, stretching from the area near a private hospital in Kasba on EM Bypass up to Kalikapur.

According to a senior official of KMDA, the place will remain open from 6pm to 1am or from 10pm to 3am, on Fridays and Saturdays; it has not been finalised yet.

To popularise it, the market will be kept open for four continuous from the day of inauguration – August 14. On these four days, there will be cultural performances as well.

As per plans, there will be 75 stalls. All sorts of goods of daily needs (both grocery and vegetables) as well as handicrafts from across Bengal will be available at the night market. In fact, the KMDA official said, the latter will form the major attraction of the market.

There will also be readymade food stalls with dinner arrangements, along with arrangements for resting after shopping. All in all, it is expected to be a novel experience.

This will be the second unique marketing experience for the city-dwellers after the floating market in Patuli. Like with the Patuli market, the night market too is part of efforts to rehabilitate hawkers removed for widening of the EM Bypass.

Source: Millennium Post

Unique floating market comes up in Patuli, Kolkata

A unique floating market has come up in Patuli in Kolkata. This is a first-of-its-kind market in the State. The project is being implemented by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA).

The market is similar to the ones on Dal Lake in Srinagar and in Bangkok.

There are 228 stalls, set up on 114 boats. There are zone-wise demarcations for fish, meat, vegetables, grocery, etc. Wooden ramps have been constructed over which people will walk to reach the boat (depending on the stall) of their choice.

Modern technology is being adopted to ensure proper oxidation of the water and thus maintain ecological balance. The surrounding path beside the water body, a canal, on which the market is being set up, is being decked up with paver blocks.

The market will be run through a cooperative. The prices will be similar to those in normal markets.

যাত্রা শুরু পাটুলির ভাসমান বাজারের

সূচনা হল রাজ্যের নবতম আকর্ষণের। পাটুলির ভাসমান বাজার চালু হয়েছে কিছুদিন আগে। কেএমডিএর তত্ত্বাবধানে সম্পন্ন হয়েছে এই প্রকল্প।

শ্রীনগর বা ব্যাংককের ভাসমান বাজারের মতই দেখতে এই বাজার। ১১৪টি নৌকোতে ২২৮টি দোকান থাকছে। মাছ, মাংস, ফল, সবজি – সবকিছুর আলাদা বাজার থাকবে। কাঠের মঞ্চ তৈরী করা হয়েছে যাতে ক্রেতারা নৌকাগুলি পর্যন্ত পৌঁছতে পারেন। এই বাজার পরিচালনা করবে সমবায়। সাধারন বাজারের মতই দাম হবে এই বাজারে।

পরিবেশ অক্ষুন্ন রেখেই এই জলাশয়ে ভাসমান বাজার গড়া হয়েছে। আগামী দিনেও পরিবেশ ও প্রকৃতির খেয়াল রাখা হবে।

এই জলাশয়ের চারপাশের রাস্তা ব্লক দিয়ে তৈরী করা হয়েছে।

Source: Millennium Post