Vendor Bablu Dey sells fish at his new kiosk in Hirapur, Dhanbad, on Monday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Fish lovers of Dhanbad district will no longer have to brave the mud and muck at markets to purchase the delicacy.
Thanks to the district fishery department, they can now buy raw fish and other ready-to-eat varieties from clean and hygienic stalls that are being set up across the district.
A total of 42 such well-furnished fish kiosks have been conceived under the dream project of state fishery and animal husbandry minister Mannan Mallick. While one has already started functioning at Hirapur, another will come up at Purana Bazar by this week.
However, tenders will be issued to set up the remaining 40 in urban areas like Jharia, Dhanbad, Sindri, Nirsa and Maithon.
All the stalls will be ready by August-end.
Designed like milk parlours, each kiosk will be 10x10sqft and will boast electricity connection so that the vendors can sell the items even in the evening.
The department has allotted Rs 50,000 to build each kiosk.
Divulging details, Dhanbad district fishery officer Ashok Kumar Singh said that apart from raw fish, other items like cutlet, fish finger, fry and roll will also be available at the shops.
The vendors will have to deposit a security money of Rs 20,000 for bagging the kiosks. However, in case the applicant is disabled or below poverty line, he/she will get a 50 per cent concession. Such vendors will have to deposit only Rs 10,000.
“Physically challenged and BPL vendors will get preference during the selection process,” Singh said.
The department had published an advertisement in various newpapers recently to invite applications. “We have received over 200 applications already and will allot the kiosks after our five-member committee, led by district animal husbandry officer Abhay Prasad Singh, scrutinises the applications,” said the district fishery officer.
Once the beneficiaries are selected, the department will organise a three-to-four-day training at the district fishery office where vendors will be taught how to prepare the ready-to-eat items. “They will also get training on hygiene. It is the most important aspect when it comes to selling ready-to-eat fish items,” Singh said.