The Fisheries Department has sanctioned Rs.5 crore for constructing seven fish markets in the city, of which four have been completed. The new markets would be constructed with water, drainage, and other facilities. Vendors have been requested to cooperate with officials in constructing the markets, said Vijayawada Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu. The Commissioner, who participated in a meeting with fish vendors of Mahanti Market at the new fish market on Monday, said the government had constructed the new market at Raja Rajeswaripeta with Rs.70 lakh. Explaining the facilities provided in the new markets, Mr. Ravi Babu asked the sellers to shift to the four new markets and cooperate with officials in constructing the remaining three markets.
The VMC has constructed three markets at Raja Rajeswaripeta, Vambay Colony, and Durgapuram with Rs.3 crore and four more markets would be constructed with the cooperation of the locals, he said. The vendors, who visited the Raja Rajeswaripeta market, asked the officer to allow them to sell fish at Ansari Park, till the works are over. They also wanted a wholesale fish market constructed at Varadhi.
Mr. Ravi Babu later visited Ansari Park and asked the officials to allot the parking place for selling fish temporarily. He directed the staff to arrange platforms and provide water for cleaning fish.
Executive engineers Bhaskar Rao and J.V. Ramakrishna and others accompanied the Commissioner.