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

WB CM chairs meeting with Kolkata hawkers

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee chaired a meeting with the hawkers, doing business on the streets of Kolkata. The meeting took place at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in South Kolkata.

The Chief Minister spoke about a number of provisions for the hawkers. She said that the hawkers will be given a Registration Certificate and free Trade License.

The Chief Minister shared a toll free number and IVRS numbers to assist hawkers.

Toll free number: 1800-3453375

IVRS numbers: 033-2226-9909 and 033-2286-1212



Highlights of WB CM’s speech:

  • We have to keep in mind the business of the shop owners, our commitment to people comes first
  • Hawkers should not encroach on the area of shop keepers and completely take over the footpaths
  • I am not in favour of eviction of hawkers but in favour of making you all self sufficient
  • We have made a policy for hawkers of Bengal. We will give you registration numbers through centers, that we are setting up from July
  • From 15 July, individual applications will be accepted for 3 months, which will include your location and personal details
  • Details of hawkers will include – Name, Age, Address, Phone Number, Residential Address and Duration of business
  • Registration counters will be set up under KMC and one dedicated officer will be appointed at every such registration counter
  • You can call toll free number 1800-3453375, and other land-line numbers 033-22269909 & 033-22861212 (IVRS) are being set up for your benefit
  • From January to March a verification process will be carried out. On completion, hawkers will get a Registration Certificate and free Trade License
  • I will help you set up sheds, in an equal joint venture between  the Government and  individual set up. Hawkers can submit your desired designs to KMC
  • We are making a committee consisting of the police, Government, KMC and hawkers, to ensure smooth running of these hawkers
  • You have to keep the roads clear, and clean and build Kolkata as a beautiful city. It is your duty to keep this city clean
  • You should be vigilant regarding security of the people and the city at all times. It is your social responsibility to do so
  • On Poila Baisakh, I will hand over recognition certificates for the hawkers