State Engineering land for Manning Market; Civil Defence Force to assist

ECONOMYNEXT – The government is looking to allocate land owned by the State Engineering Corporation for the proposed relocation of the Colombo Manning Market to Peliyagoda, a spokesman said.

Head of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation Basil Rajapaksa has reportedly instructed officials to expedite this process in order to aid vegetable farmers and vendors who are facing severe difficulties due to the ongoing closure of the Manning market.

Police media spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana told the privately owned Ada Derana news network that Civil Defence Force cadre will help run the Colombo Manning Marker after a number of ‘natamis’ or labourers who load trucks recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The Manning market is a key trade centre where vegetables from many parts of the country come and are re-sold to buyers who transport them to various areas in the Western province and elsewhere.

PCR tests have been conducted on traders, their staff, natamis and other workers in the market and about 20 have been confirmed, reports said.

“At a meeting, it was decided to deploy about 100 members of the civil defence force to replace the natamis for about 10 days,” DIG Rohana said. “It was also decided that they will help run the market until the health processes are complete and natamis are back at work.” (Colombo/Nov12/2020)

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