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President opens Peliyagoda Fisheries Complex

The new Peliyagoda Fisheries Complex was declared open yesterday by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The construction of this modern and spacious fisheries complex had begun in January 2009, under the patronage of the Peliyagoda Urban Council. Built on 3.17 hectares in close proximity to the Peliyagoda Town, it was built to replace the St. Johnís Fish Market in Pettah that has been in existence since 1894.
The cost of constructing this complex was Rs. 1,900 million Ė Rs. 950 million provided by the Sri Lankan Government and Rs. 850 million provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as a concessionary loan. The construction was undertaken by the Aquatic Resources Development and Quality Improvement Project of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, and boasts modern high-tech features. The complex includes two stories; the ground floor has 148 wholesale outlets and 128 retail outlets, and the first floor is home to multiple offices and a variety of other outlets including private banks, a high quality control unit, post offices, a police post, and a modern restaurant for the convenience of the traders within the complex.