KOLKATA: A floating market has on Wednesday been opened in the City of Joy with nearly 114 boats and 228 sellers.
The market is located in South Kolkata's Patuli. It has been set up on a lake which is 500-metre long and 60-metre wide.
The mart is said to be the first floating market in India. It has been built by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) for Rs 10 crore.
The market was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. It has been built on the lines of floating markets in Bankok and Thailand.
Two vendors will share one boat and the customers will be able to walk around through wooden pathway to reach out to the vendors. The market has multiple entry-exit outlets.
Vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish, meat - everything is available on the market. Following the inauguration, state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim gave a visit to the market.