Development News | Colombo: The new Manning Market complex established in Peliyagoda is expected to open to the public before November 17.
The construction of the new Manning Market complex is near completion in Peliyagoda after urban development authority (UDA) instructed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in January to expedite the work.
Preliminary plans were drawn up on the orders of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, then Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development, to relocate the Pettah Manning Market which is famous for wholesale vegetables and fruits to Peliyagoda.
The Cabinet of the previous government in 2016 approved the relocation of the Manning Market and former Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka commenced the project to relocate the Manning Market in a 25-acre land owned by the Urban Development Authority in Peliyagoda area at an estimated cost of Rs. 4 billion.
However, the sharp decline in the construction sector in the country during the last four and a half years has severely hampered the projects of the Urban Development Authority.
The existing Manning Market in Pettah lacks public amenities and becomes dirty and muddy on rainy days. The difficulties faced by the vendors due to shortage of electricity in the premises is also a serious problem.
The old St. John Fish Market that was in similar situation was established in a modern complex in Peliyagoda.
The market is now being built on a 15 acre land at Peliyagoda. The new market will consist of 1142 stalls, a car park, staff restrooms, medical centers, banks, restaurants, freezers and many other amenities.
The architectural designs and construction work is carried out by the Central Bureau of Engineering Consultancy under the supervision of the Ministry of Urban Development. More Development News