ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is opening a 6.9 billion rupee vegetable wholesale market in Peliyagoda, in the periphery of the capital Colombo which will reduce congestion in the city and provide more space, the island’s Urban Development Authority said.
Construction of the complex began in 2013, when current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was in charge of the UDA, and it has space for 600 trucks.
The market will be opened by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
It is spread over a 13.5 acre are compared to 2 acres in the former Manning Market complex in Pettah.
Vegetable trucks would be able to drive to wholesale shops up to the third floor.
The land was filled and drained by Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation.
It was designed by architects at the Central Engineering Consultation Bureau, the UDA said.
Work of the project was speeded up in the last few weeks under State Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness, the statement said.
The vegetable wholesale market was planned at the same time a fish market was shifted to Peliyagoda.
The market is connected to the Airport Expressway and other expressway system, making it easier for goods to arrive and be distributed, the UDA said.
The Pettah wholesale market (Wholesale Bazaar) will also be shifted Peliyagoda, the UDA said. (Colombo/Nov20/2020)