opens Peliyagoda Fisheries Complex
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.