The modern fish market coming up at Ukkadam in the city may be ready in three months, Mayor R. Venkatachalam said.
The Coimbatore Corporation had already spent Rs.1.37 crore to complete the main structure. It now wanted to provide modern amenities at Rs.75 lakh, the Mayor said after reviewing the progress of the project along with South Zone Chairman P. Pynthamil and Corporation officials and councillors.
A proposal for the additional sanction of funds would be placed in the Council this month for its approval. The Corporation’s original plan, including some modern facilities, had been estimated at Rs.1.37 crore. But, officials from the Department of Fisheries had visited the upcoming market and suggested more measures to make it comfortable for the traders and customers. The additional sanction would be sought to carry out these measures, the Mayor said.
A separate air-conditioned shed would be provided to clean the fish. Mr. Pynthamil wanted the facility to be opened soon and councillor G.T. Rajendran called for steps to ensure that the residents near the market were not inconvenienced by smell from the stalls.
The officials suggested that the water used to clean the fish could be treated to remove the scales and other pollutants and then let into the Big Tank at Ukkadam.