Pettah Floating Market re-opens
The Floating Market in the Pettah was reopened and handed over to the public on 7 April after a complete renovation on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa marking another milestone in the massive development of the Colombo Pettah area.
The floating Market and the Pettah area are being developed as they were left undeveloped under the previous government.
Minister of Transport Gamini Lokuge, State Minister of Urban Development Dr. Nalaka Godahewa MP, Pannaradeep Jayawardena, Mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake and Colombo Municipal Commissioner Roshini Dissanayake were also present.
Due to the lack of proper maintenance during the previous regime, the country has been exposed to pollution, dust, overflowing drainage systems, severe pollution, garbage accumulation, noisy environment and irregular trade. The Government’s objective is to implement a correct urban development plan for the Pettah which has been an informal city for a long time.
The number of stalls in the reopened floating mall is 103. The previous government had closed 80% of the stalls without any basis. The Market was built at a cost of Rs 312 million. The original plan was to earn 50% of the total cost in five years, but the objective failed as the stalls were closed.