Bhubaneswar, October 25: Seafood lovers across the city can now find their gastronomic delights on wheels! For the first time, a ‘Fish on Wheels’ concept has been started in the capital, which would offer an interesting variety of fresh cooked fish and shrimp dishes at reasonable prices.
As part of the project, which has been launched under PPP mode by FishFed Odisha and Datum Marketing Limited, 10 mini trucks will visit various locations of the city offering a total of nine varieties of fish items including fish curry, chops, fish and shrimp pakoda, fish fry, cutlet, shrimp curry, dish made from dry fish among others. Around Rs. one crore has been invested for the trucks.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Wednesday, inaugurated the ‘Fish on Wheels’ along with ‘Chilika Fresh’ which has been started under PPP Mode by the state government with Falcon Marines to provide fresh fish to the consumers, near Keshari Cinema Hall.
Talking to MCL, T Prasad Rao Dora, Chairman of FishFed said, “Datum Marketing Limited has been provided with the trucks and they will prepare the food items in a hygienic way and look after the proper storage of the items. The trucks are equipped with good storage and cooking facilities like gas and oven among others. We will make sure that the food items are prepared in a hygienic way.”
“At present on trial basis, we have launched ten trucks and if we receive positive response from customers, we will also start this in other cities and at block level,” he added. The customers can avail the facility from morning 9 am to 10 pm and enjoy a variety of rohi, bhakur, katala, Indian salmon, pomfret, prawns and crab dishes in the ‘Ready to eat’ and ‘Ready to cook’ options in the menu.
Similarly, for ‘Chilika Fresh’, in the first phase 12 outlets have been opened near Keshari Hall, Dumduma, Sailashree Vihar, Mancheswar, VSS Nagar, Rasulgarh, Kalinga Nagar, Laxmi Sagar, Pokhariput, Khandagiri and Patia.
The government is planning to open 100 more ‘Chilika Fresh’ outlets in Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Bhadrak, Jeypore, Baripada and Bhawanipatna, which will be managed by Falcon Marines.
Informing about this initiative, Tara Patnaik, CMD of Falcon Marines said, “Our motive is to provide fresh fish to the consumers at a reasonable price. Fresh fish from Chilika and Paradip will be sold in these outlets. The fish will be directly purchased from the fish farmers which would help them get a good amount as they will be directly selling it to the market.”