Minister directs UDA to take swift action to resolve issues at Peliyagoda Manning shopping complex
Sun, September 18, 2022, 10:59 a.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
September 18, Colombo: Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of Urban Development and Housing, advised the Urban Development Authority to take immediate action to resolve the problems at the Peliyagoda Manning Trade Complex.
The Minister further instructed the Urban Development Authority to report to him on the steps taken in conjunction with trade unions, police and other government agencies to resolve the issues.
The minister said he has received reports that the Peliyagoda Manning shopping complex is being used by third parties for various acts of misconduct and advised the police to strictly enforce the law against those who engage in such misconduct.
Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga made the remarks during a Friday (16) discussion with officials from the Urban Development Authority and the Peliyagoda Trade Association regarding the main issues of the complex. commercial of Peliyagoda.
Several issues, including major issues relating to the provision of facilities such as shops, parking, toilets, electricity, water, etc. in the shopping complex were discussed at the meeting.
The Minister also advised officials to take necessary steps to make Peliyagoda Manning Market a place that generates more revenue and said he would defend traders at every possible opportunity.
Minister Ranatunga said the Peliyagoda market should be maintained in a way that does not burden traders or consumers. In addition, the minister stressed the need to maintain the shopping complex so that it is not a burden on the institution and advised to implement a new program with short, medium and long term solutions.
The minister further pointed out that Peliyagoda Manning shopping complex should be developed as a shopping complex with modern technology and for this the full support of traders using the shopping complex is needed.
The decision to move the market from Pettah Manning to Peliyagoda was taken in 2013 as a measure to ease traffic congestion in Pettah and around Colombo city.
The other main reason is that since Peliyagoda Interchange connects with all expressways including Airport Expressway, Southern Expressway, Central Expressway and Northern Expressway, which facilitates transportation of goods throughout the country.
Peliyagoda Manning Market built at a cost of Rs. 6.5 billion, is a fully equipped wholesale complex spread over 13.5 acres and consisting of 1,169 shops.
The Paliagoda Manning shopping complex, which consists of four floors, has been constructed in such a way that vegetable transport trucks can reach every store up to the 03rd floor.
It also has many facilities, including employee lounges, restaurants, cold storage and a car park with space for approximately 600 vehicles.
On this occasion, Chairman of Urban Development Authority Nimesh Herath, its Managing Director Prasad Ranaweera, DIG Rohan Premaratne, Chairman of Peliyagoda Business Association Manning MM M. Upasena and a group of officers attended.