India: West Bengal’s first floating market

The lake at Patuli in South Kolkata that has been transformed into a floating market, similar to the one in Thailand, and is 400 metres long and 60 metres wide.

West Bengal’s first floating market was unveiled by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday. The market has shopkeepers on boats selling vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish and meat. 

The Indian Express quoted an official saying: “Buyers will have a unique experience. They can stand along the walkways and shop. The boats will have gates, which will allow buyers to make an entry and exit."

The idea behind launching the floating market was basically to rehabilitate shop owners of the Baishnabghata-Patuli market, from which 228 shopkeepers had been forced to leave.

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