More and more consumers in the city seem to want to avoid haggling over fish prices with fish vendors and instead are ordering seafood online. There are at least half a dozen Chennai-based websites where orders can either be placed a day before or on the same day.
“We door deliver cleaned fresh fish to houses that are within a five km radius of fish stalls in Teynampet, Nandanam, Anna Nagar, Santhome and Chitlapakkam. We deliver within an hour of booking, which can be done between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m,” said an official source in the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Development Corporation, whose online fish marketing facility was launched in May.
The websitewww.meengal.comand their marketing number 044-24956896 through which orders can be placed have sold more of vanjiram (seer) fish and prawns than other varieties. “Over the last month, sales have been good and around 600 persons have purchased fish and seafood worth over Rs. 5 lakh. Fish food is delivered from the Teynampet restaurant,” the official added.
Orders can be placed even on Sundays. The TNFDC has five permanent and 15 mobile fresh fish stalls in the city that sell fish worth Rs. 50 to 80 lakh in a month.
The Ennore’s Seafood site is over two years old and gets over 1,000 orders a month. With 11 delivery hubs throughout the city, they deliver up to Ambattur, Guduvanchery and Ennore. Fish orders are to be placed a day ahead and orders are delivered by 10 a.m. the next day. “Chennai has become a cosmopolitan city with a lot of foreign residents as well. We cater to their needs as well. Our motto is to deliver every kind of seafood sought by our customers,” said a spokesperson of the site.
At Chennai Seafood, which is over five years old, both same-day delivery and one-day before orders are accepted over phone as well as online.