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* Floating market in Sri Lankan capital to be opened Monday
Sat, Aug 23, 2014, 08:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense and Urban Development announced that the new floating market constructed in Pettah area in the capital city Colombo will be declared open Monday.

Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena will open the Bastian Mawatha floating on Monday at 5 pm with the participation of Defense and Urban Development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Earlier the opening ceremony was scheduled for Friday but had to be postponed due to inclement weather in Colombo.

The floating market was constructed under the Colombo city beautification project at a cost of Rs. 150 million.

Sri Lanka army in close collaboration with the Urban Development Authority transformed the busy Bastian Street of Colombo, the street between the long distance bus stand in Pettah and the Colombo Fort railway station, into a green environment.

The once dirty canal running along the Bastian Street has been cleaned and shops have been built to a unique architecture along the canal that connects to the Beira Lake.

The market will provide around 100 shops for vendors who were earlier running businesses on the streets of Pettah with almost no' facilities.

The market has 92 shopping premises and 78 of them have already been given to the vendors who were selling their products in unauthorized structures in the area. The remaining 15 shopping stalls will be given for restaurants and fruit and vegetable sellers.

The floating market is a part of the greater Beira Lake project and the market will also include a water bus service.

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