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Soon, shop at night in Patuli market

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After the floating market at Patuli off EM Bypass, the city is going to get its first night market.

Elaborating on the plan, state urban development and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim said that the proposal to open the night market has been sent to Jadavpur police for their clearance.

“We do not want to start a night market in the already existing floating market complex for safety issues. Instead, land has been demarcated opposite the existing floating market to start the proposed project. Such night markets can be visited in several big cities across the world,” the minister said while addressing the state legislative assembly on Wednesday.

According to KMDA sources, the plan is to open the market on the night of August 14, the eve of Independence Day.

According to officials, the night market will have nearly 100 stalls stretching over few hundred metres off EM Bypass opposite the floating market in Patuli. The market will function only during the weekends — on Friday and Saturday nights.

They will be open from late evening till early morning.

Apart from the regular vegetable, fruit, grocery and fast food stalls, the market will also have stalls for handicrafts item that will have products not only from different districts of the state, but also from outside. Stalls selling local delicacies are expected to bring delight to visitors enjoying a a stroll there.

According to sources, over 250 hawkers — who had been earlier evicted from the place to make way for widening the EM Bypass stretch — will be rehabilitated at the night market.

KMDA officials said the idea of the night market was derived from several Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore where such set ups that are much popular among tourists.

“The idea of having a night market is not only to have grocery and food stalls open throughout the night for the convenience of citizens, but also to attract foreign tourists who prefer visiting such set ups,” an official said.

Earlier, in January this year, a floating market, also set up by KMDA, was inaugurated by Hakim at Patuli, close to where the night market would be set up. A total of 228 sellers who were earlier moved out from Patuli VIP market were rehabilitated at the floating market. A number of safety and cleanliness measures were put in place for the floating market to make it appealing to buyers.

Source: Times of India

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