The construction of the modern fish market at the fishing harbour will soon become a reality as the proposal to construct it is in its final stages and the tenders for its construction work are expected to be floating soon. This fish market will be one of the biggest fish markets in the country and will be made at a cost of INR 2.74 crore.
A district administration official said,” The fish market will have an automatic cleaning system and the focus will be on providing hygienic environment for sale of fish. The design for the fish market is almost ready and once the district collector agrees to the proposal, tenders will be floated for construction work”. The design of this fish market is almost ready and is made in such a way that it ensures ease to customers and hygiene as well. This modern fish market is expected to have around 109 fish sale counter and 60 cutting counters. According to the sources, the market will also include a parking lot, canteen and other facilities necessary for various stakeholders of the fishing harbour. The tenders for the project will be floated by APMSIDC (Andhra Pradesh Medical Services and Infrastructure Development Corporation).
The new fish market will be processing around 6-7 tonnes of approximate 20 varieties of fish handles at the Fishing Harbour. While the state government will bear about 30% of the project cost, the National Fisheries Development Board will be providing 40% and the remaining is being contributed by Tata Trust.
Visakha Dolphin Boat Owners Association president Ch Satyanarayana Murthy said, “The work on the new fish market project is going on at a good pace. We are hoping that the construction of the new fish market will be completed by the time the fishing ban period ends in June later this year. This will be helpful for the fishermen and other vendors who are involved in sale of fish. Currently, the work on the road construction is underway. Subsequently, the other work related to construction of the fish market will be taken up by the fisheries department”.