Sri Lanka to build new fish market complex
A Business Correspondent
The Government of Sri Lanka is building a state-of-the-art
central fish market complex at Peliyagoda. The estimated cost of the project is
SL Rs 1,120 million (roughly Rs 42 crore). The Asian Development Bank is funding
the fish market under the government's Aquatic Resource Development and Quality
Improvement Project. A part of the cost amounting to SL Rs 440 million (or Rs
16.5 crore) will be covered from the savings of the funds allocated to ARDQIP.
The Sri Lanka Cabinet has already granted its approval to the memorandum for the
project submitted by Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Felix Perera. Sri
Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation will prepare the site for the
central fish market at Peliyagoda.
The project, which will replace the existing, albeit outdated, St. John's Fish
Market in Colombo, will consist of a two-storey wholesale market with a floor
area of about 8,800 square metres; a two-storey retail market with a floor area
of around 7,000 square metres; a 25-tonne flake ice plant including three cold
rooms; a silage plant; a wastewater treatment plant; and other related
The market buildings will be reinforced concrete-framed structures with some 350
pile foundations. Basic services within the complex will include water supply,
sewerage and drainage, 1,000 kVA electrical substation, 500 kVA generator and
fire protection, adequate parking and other facilities.
The Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, Government of Sri Lanka, recently
invited bids from international contractors for the construction of the fish
[May 5-11, 2008]