Amazon India has launched the first-ever floating "I Have Space" shop in the nation in Dal Lake in Srinagar. This expands the delivery network of Amazon. Selec Town, which is operated by Murtaza Khan Kashi, will now accept 'I Have Space' deliveries from Amazon on and around Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake.

Residents and businesses on Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake will be served by this new shop. Previously, people had to take shikaras to the coast or rely on local businesses to pick up their Amazon deliveries. Murtaza will personally deliver packages to the clients' doorsteps every day from his headquarters in Selec Town.

Dr. Karuna Shankar Pande, Director of Amazon Logistics, India, expressed enthusiasm about this exciting new addition to their delivery network. He said, "We are thrilled to onboard India's first floating 'I Have Space' store on Dal Lake, Srinagar. This will enable us to provide customers across Srinagar with reliable, efficient, and faster deliveries. This also reaffirms our commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for individuals and introducing new capabilities to empower our delivery network."

Murtaza said, "While I have a houseboat as my primary business, it only brings in seasonal income from tourists in Srinagar. However, the cost of managing the houseboat is very high, which has made it very difficult for our family. To address increasing expenses, I began looking for additional income opportunities. It was then that I came across Amazon's 'I Have Space' program, which allows local store owners like me to supplement our regular income by delivering packages to Amazon customers. I saw this as the right fit for me to utilise my free time, use my shikara to deliver packages to Amazon customers, and also earn additional income."

Launched in 2015, the "I Have Space" programme works with neighbourhood retailers and company owners to deliver goods to clients within a 2 to 4-kilometre radius of their location. Over 28,000 neighbourhood and kirana partners, spread over almost 420 Indian towns and cities, according to Amazon.