Hilsa on sale at Sakchi market on Sunday. (Bhola Prasad)
Fish lovers have finally netted the monsoon queen!
Thanks to a huge consignment of the much-loved fish from neighbouring Odisha, fish markets of the city are flooded with hilsa — Tenualosa ilisha — and that too at affordable prices.
Fish marts at Sakchi, Bistupur, Sonari and Kadma are doing brisk business ever since the prices went down.
“Hilsa weighing 1kg or more are now available between Rs 500 and Rs 700 per kg. Earlier, they were being sold around Rs 1,000 a kg,” said Birju Kumar, a fish vendor at Sakchi market.
Wholesale vendor at Bistupur market M. Mustafa said supply of the fish had been steady over the past two days.
“Around 50 cartons each weighing 40 kg are daily reaching the Bistupur fish market and are then supplied to marts in and around the city,” he said. He added consignments were arriving from parts of Odisha such as Chilka, Balasore and Bhadrak, as well as Bengal’s Digha.
Fish lovers, who can’t believe their luck, are flocking to their nearest markets to grab their share before the stock runs out.
“Till a few days ago, the large-sized hilsa, noted for its flavour, was selling at Rs 1,000 per kg and above, making it difficult for middle-class families like ours to savour this seasonal delicacy. But today (Sunday), I bought more than a kilogram of hilsa at Rs 500 from Sakchi market,” smiled Paritosh Nandi, a customer.
The joy of falling prices may not be short-lived. If the wholesalers of the city are to be believed, hilsa is expected to become easier on the pocket from next week.
“The price of large hilsa is likely to drop to Rs 300-350 per kg within the next few days,” said a fish vendor at Bistupur.
Hilsa lovers, even the hundreds of bones won’t prick your happy bubble.