Dec 10, 2008

Lifestyle - Gujarat to have 'fish malls'

VADODARA: Gujarat Fisheries Central Cooperative Association Limited (GFCCL) has approached several municipal corporations in the state seeking
allotment of land for construction and development of ‘fish malls’, GFCCL sources said on Wednesday.

GFCCL has written to the Vadodara Municipal Corporation requesting it to allocate land for construction of a 2500-square-foot mall. Similar requests have been made to Surat and Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioners, GFCL sources said.

Gujarat Agriculture and Fisheries Department has entrusted GFCCL with the responsibility of developing these malls and making available several varieties of fishes in retail and bulk quantities, sources said.

The body has sought the lands from the civic bodies at token rates for a long period of time, sources said.

The fish malls would benefit all those seeking various kinds of fishes by being a one-stop-shop for several varieties and also those who are in the fishing business, they said.

GFCCL is a state government promoted body with 277 cooperative societies and 2927 individuals as its members.

The GFCCL gradually plans to take this concept to all coastal cities in the state where demand for fishes is higher.

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