CHENNAI: Come April, fish stalls on Loop Road connecting the lighthouse and Foreshore Estate will no longer trouble commuters by blocking vehicular movement as the Greater Chennai Corporation has begun work on a fish market on this stretch, behind Santhome Church, spanning two acres.
Corporation commissioner, Gagandeep Singh Bedi, told TOI that the new market will be a cut above the existing markets in the city. It will have many facilities, the first among them being a sewage treatment plant with a capacity to treat 40,000 litres of waste water a day.
Parking facility will also be improved. In the space earmarked for this purpose, 60 motorcycles and 100 cars can be parked. A total of 366 stalls will function under tensile roof which will provide free flow of air.
A proper drainage system with two toilets will be yet another facility at the new market, Bedi said. In all fish markets, business starts early with the arrival of boats. So, the new market will have good lighting. A high mast lamp will be erected at the centre of the market to help visitors and traders, he said. Rainwater harvesting structures will be in place and the sewage treatment plant will make the market eco-friendly, he said.
The new facility is being built at a cost of ₹8.5 crore under the Singara Chennai scheme. At present nearly 50% of civil works have been completed and the remaining works are expected to be over within the next two months. “We hope to complete work in the new market by mid-April,” he added.