Mangaluru, July 29,2016: It is a shameful scene for a city that loves fish, central fish market near the State Bank bus terminal in the city is deprived of basic facilities and a civilised frount for many years. This market is a busy place, always bustling with crowds. Several fishermen families are dependent on the market for their living.
The market’s roof is a disgrace of patch work and damaged to a large extent and the stench from the open drains inside the market fouls the whole environment. The customers and fish merchants are compelled to do their business in the stench. Rat and mosquito menace are on the rise. There are no toilets in this public place and people have been spending days in fear as the dilapidated roof can collapse at any time.
The innumerable pleas made to the elected representatives have gone in vain. None of the assurances has been fulfilled, the fish vendors said. The Mangalore City Corporation is least bothered about the market dangers here. Even though a significant amount is collected during the tender process, not even a part of it is utilised towards the development of the market. It is an irony that the money collected from fishervendors is not used for their welfare.
The ministers and corporators have been saying that the current market is a temporary one and a new market will be built soon. "We are fed up of listening this," said Mogavira Mahila Marukatte President Bebi.
Udupi fish market not yet readyeven after years: The fish market situated adjacent to Beedanagudde crematorium in the town is in a pathetic plight. The busy place is without a secure shelter and sanitation facility. Around 250 fisher vendors sell fish in this market. The cement shelter of the market has weakened and the iron poles which support the structure are rusted. Malati Kunder, a fisherwoman, told Deccan Herald that water flows through the market making it unhygienic. Janaki Kotian, who has been selling fish here for five years, said that she travels from Malpe to the market by autorickshaws as there is no bus facility. She said that the market has a mobile toilet which is always out of bounds. "We inhale the smoke emanating due to burning of bodies at the crematorium in the neighbourhood," Saraswati Karkera, also a fisherwoman said.
The Taluk Fisherwomen Association President Baby Anchan alleged that the officials concerned never seen around here. "They are least bothered to take stock of the pathetic situation of the market. She said she had been urging the elected representatives for the early completion of the work on the new fish market.
It has been proposed to construct the new market at a cost of Rs 199.20 lakh. Coastal Development Authority is the nodal agency for the project. The new market, being constructed on the old fish market land, will accommodate 160 traders (85 in the ground floor and 75 in the first floor). The work on this market was taken up five years ago.
The market will have individual sales cubicles with counter and chair, toilets, wash rooms, rest rooms, changing rooms, tiffin room, stainless steel trays for the display of fish, side space for keeping stock, drainage and waste disposal facility. The Port and Fisheries department executive engineer T S Rathod said he was not sure when this would be ready.