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Bangkok is now available in Kolkata

It seems that the Chief Minister's dream to make Kolkata the next London has taken the route via Bangkok. Kolkata gets it's first floating market in Patuli. Built by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) just off the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, the Patuli floating market is already a hit among the locals. 
This is India's first ever floating market. Around 228 shopkeepers of the Baishnabghata-Patuli market have been rehabilitated here. Vegetables, fruits and fish at the same cost, as in the regular markets, are sold here. Wooden walkaways have been constructed to reach the boats.
The market has 280 shops housed on 114 boats. Each boat is around 10 ft in length and has two stalls in it. The boats are painted in bright colours similar to the ones in Pattaya, Bangkok's floating market. But perhaps the most unique feature of this place is the presence of two aerators in the waterbody. The aerators increase the dissolved oxygen levels in water, benefitting the microbes and aquatic life. The market is open from 9am to 6pm.
So are you ready to shop at the floating market? Let us know in the comment section.

Written by : Prarthana Mahato