After its two proposed sites having met with a stiff opposition, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has finally started the construction of its modern fish market in Shahgunj.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1.66 crore. Hyderabad-based National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) will be contributing 90 per cent of the total fund, while the AMC chipping in the remaining 10 pc fund.
Since the fund is to be released by the NFDB on a 10:40:40 basis, it had released its first installment of Rs 15 lakh to the AMC in March 2012, to be utilised during April 1, 2012-March 31, 2013.
The civic body first proposed to construct the fish market near the central octroi check-post, but it was forced to give up its plan in the wake of opposition from the area residents and elected public representatives.
Later, the AMC wanted to set up the fish market on the high-raised platform of the daily vegetable market in Shahgunj. Here also, it faced with an opposition from both the shoppers and area residents. This forced the AMC to set aside its plan until a suitable site was found for the fish market.
As the deadline given for the fund utilization is nearing, the AMC recently swung into action, selected a suitable land behind the municipal primary school (now defunct), behind Mahaveer Kirana Stores, and started the construction of the fish market.
Chief animal husbandry officer (CAHO) Dr B S Naikwade confirmed that the construction has been started under the supervision of project engineer Afsar Siddiqui.
"We hope to complete the construction of the fish market within six months. It will have 50 shops (each having two rooms meant for selling and storage), one ice factory and one effluent treatment plant," explained Dr Naikwade.