GUWAHATI, Oct 6 - With a view to retaining its traditional character and ensuring the smooth flow of traffic, among other reasons, the Kamrup Metro district administration has stated that the famous and old fish market at Uzanbazar along the River Brahmaputra can only operate as a retail market.
In an order issued today, Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro, said that the market has in recent years started losing its traditional character as a retail market where local fish caught in the Brahmaputra are directly sold to customers.
�For the wholesale of fish, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has already established the GMC Fish Market at Betkuchi which is fully functional and well connected. Moreover, of late, many complaints have been received from all sections of people, stating that the stretch of MG Road from the Vivekananda Point to Raj Bhawan is becoming difficult to use due to the congestion caused by all kinds of vehicles carrying fish from outside.
�The haphazard parking of vehicles leads to traffic chaos, making the road difficult to pass during any kind of emergency� there is indiscriminate use of plastic, thermocol, detergents, etc., to wash vehicles carrying fish and materials for storing of fish, thereby polluting the whole area, including the River Brahmaputra, causing an imbalance in the entire ecosystem,� said the order, adding that the market can be used only for retail purposes.
The district administration has also directed the GMC and the DCP (Traffic) to identify a place where all vehicles of customers can be parked and to the DCP (Traffic) and the Transport department to prohibit the entry of all fish-carrying vehicles from the Vivekananda Kendra Point to Raj Bhawan.
It has directed the Member Secretary of the Pollution Control Board to take necessary measures to check pollution in the area and the GMC to provide space to fish wholesalers in the GMC Fish Market at Betkuchi.