A new, spacious and a modern fish market, with essential infrastructural facilities, will come up within a year, if everything goes according to the plans of Tambaram Municipality.
The new market would replace the old dilapidated market located at Abdul Razack Street in Tambaram. S.R. Raja, Tambaram MLA, says, “The ‘smart’ fish market will be a boon to the fisherfolk.” He said he held talks with the fishing community who had asked for the reconstruction of the 50-year old market.
Tambaram Municipality will develop the fish market at a cost of ₹50 lakh, of which ₹40 lakh will be sanctioned from the MLA’s Local Area Development fund.
“The market will have provisions for fish stalls, cutting and dressing facilities and a cold storage,” says Tambaram Municipality official.
At present, 30 shops are functioning inside the fish market. These shops will be shifted to a nearby vegetable market until the new market complex is ready.
Officials of Tambaram Municipality have conducted awareness meetings for vegetable vendors, flower-, fruit- and fish vendors who often use plastic covers. The traders have assured the officials that they would abide by the government order and extend their support.
In the process, the vendors encourage buyers by offering a concession to those who bring their own bags for buying vegetables, flowers, fruits and fish.
K. Krishnamurthy, municipal commissioner, informed the vendors about the dangers of using plastic covers. Albert Arulraj, health officer, introduced a few alternatives to plastic covers and urged the traders to make use of them.