the new Peliyagoda Manning Market will be opened to the public today (20) morning under the patronage of the Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The new Manning Market will feature 1,192 shops, a large parking lot, rest rooms for staff, medical facilities, banks, restaurants, a cold rooms, hotels and many more.
On the instructions of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the construction work of this project was expedited in recent days under the supervision of Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, State Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Sanitation, Sirinimal Perera, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Chartered Architect Harshan Silva Chairman of the Urban Development Authority, and Chartered Urban Architect Prasad Ranaweera, Director General of the Urban Development Authority.
In 2011, the then government under the instructions of the then Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development and current President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, to set up the Colombo Fish Wholesale Market in Peliyagoda as one of the solutions to the heavy traffic congestion in the city and for the convenience of the people.
Preliminary plans were made to also relocate the Colombo vegetable wholesale market to Peliyagoda at the same time as the fish wholesale market was being shifted to Peliyagoda. According to the original plans, construction of the Manning Market began in 2013.
In the process of resolving the heavy traffic congestion in the city of Colombo, the main focus was on the relocation of the Colombo Fish Market and the Colombo Manning Market to Peliyagoda.
Not only the wholesale trade of fish and vegetables but also the wholesale supply of dry food and building materials in Pettah will be shifted to Peliyagoda in the future.
The Peliyagoda Exchange connects highways to all parts of the country, making it easy to transport these goods to and from Colombo.
The Peliyagoda interchange connects with all expressways including the Airport Expressway, Southern Expressway, Central Expressway, and Northern Expressway, making it easy to transport goods throughout the country. Therefore, the move is expected to have some effect on reducing traffic congestion in Colombo city and other roads.
About 600 vehicles can be parked at the parking lot of the new Manning Market in Peliyagoda. A special feature is that the market complex is constructed so that vegetable lorries can be brought to every shop up to the 3rd floor of the four-storey Manning Market in Peliyagoda.
The Manning Market, which was limited to 2 acres in Pettah, has been converted into a fully-fledged wholesale market spread over 13.5 acres. The total cost of this project is 6.9 billion rupees.
According to the Urban Development Authority, the new Manning Market will provide a wide range of facilities to traders and consumers.
All construction and architectural design of the Peliyagoda Manning market project was carried out by engineers and architects from the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CCB). Land reclamation and drainage plan was prepared by the Land Development Corporation of Sri Lanka.
The Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau states that the Peliyagoda Manning Market was designed to cater to the needs of traders and consumers.
Traders at the Colombo Manning Market have expressed their gratitude for the move to the new complex in Peliyagoda.
In line with President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s ‘Vision for Prosperity’ policy statement, the budget presented by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament also stated that a number of other major projects related to the development of the country will be launched soon.