Kannur municipal chairperson Roshni Khalid has said the proposed new fish market at Ayikkara here is being planned as a modern facility for fish vendors.

Dismissing the allegation that the new fish market was being developed to help vested interests, she said at a press conference that the land for developing the new fish market had been secured with police assistance on October 7 after fish merchants refused to leave the land in protest against the construction of the new market.

The proposal for demolishing the existing market and constructing a new one through the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation (KSCADC) had been conceived to provide modern hygienic facilities and promote healthy fish vending, she said.

She added that one acre was handed over to the corporation for the project estimated at Rs.2.5 crore, 90 per cent of which would be borne by the National Fisheries Development Board and 10 per cent by the State government.

Referring to the agitation of the fish merchants against their forcible eviction from the existing market, the chairperson said the market project had been given shape after holding eight meetings with the fish merchants, fish workers, and the local people. The municipality was even now prepared to consider new suggestions on the project if they did not put obstacles to the construction of the market, she added.

The municipality had sought assistance of the district administration and the police when the merchants refused to vacate the land even after the expiry of the deadline of September 9 given to them.

Stating that the funds from the NFDB had already been sanctioned, Ms. Khalid said the project was one of 29 similar fish market projects sanctioned in the State, including the one at Thalassery. Construction of the first floor of the market at Thalassery had already been completed, she said adding that the protests here had delayed the commencement of works.

  • Aim to provide modern and hygienic facilities

  • ‘Project given shape after 8 meets with fish merchants and workers’