Mar 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will open the newly built state-of-the-art fish trade center at Peliyagoda in the outskirts of Colombo city on March 26.
The new Central Fish Market Complex situated on a 3.17 hectare reclaimed marshy land along the main Katunayake airport expressway was built at a cost of 1.7 billion rupees. The Asian Development Bank has provided 675 million rupees and the government has provided the remainder.
The new fish trade center will replace the age old St. John's fish market built in 1894 in Pettah, Colombo.
The wholesale fish complex on ground floor will have 148 stalls. The top floors have been allocated for banks, post offices, police services. restaurant, and a quality control room. A 25-metric ton ice factory, three cold storages, and a water purifying plant also have been set up.
The new fish trade center will have a modern parking facility to accommodate 500 cars for its wholesale market. Sri Lanka Fisheries Corporation yesterday signed an agreement with the Power Asia International Company in regard of establishing the car park.
The Peliyagoda fish market complex is expected to become a distribution and selling centre of fish to all corners of the country.