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Pettah Floating Market, World Market to get face-lift

MAKEOVER FOR THREE KEY BUSINESS LOCATIONS: A group of Government Parliamentarians accompanied by state officials and members of the business community yesterday visited three key business locations in the city currently in a dilapidated state due to negligence by the previous regime. They discussed plans and strategies to uplift them as vibrant business centres and key tourist attractions. Here, State Minister Gamini Lokuge, MP’s Namal Rajapaksa, D.V.Chanaka, UDA and CMC officials and business association m
MAKEOVER FOR THREE KEY BUSINESS LOCATIONS: A group of Government Parliamentarians accompanied by state officials and members of the business community yesterday visited three key business locations in the city currently in a dilapidated state due to negli

The Government will take urgent steps to develop and transform the dilapidated and neglected Pettah Floating Market, the World Market and the International Gem and Jewellery Trade Centre into a tourist paradise once again, Urban Development State Minister Gamini Lokuge said.

He disclosed this during an inspection tour of the area on Friday.

The State Minister was accompanied by Hambantota District Parliamentarians Namal Rajapaksa, D.V. Chanaka, UDA Chairman Harshan de Silva, Director General Prasad Ranaweera, Town Planning Director Thushari Kariyawasam and several members of the Colombo Municipal Council during the inspection tour. Colombo Businessmen’s Association President Dr. Venkateswaran and General Secretary Chaminda Vidanagamage were also present on the occasion.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa developed the Colombo Fort and Pettah areas into a picturesque and efficient service centre during his tenure as Defence Secretary several years ago.

He implemented several special programmes to achieve this objective.

The Pettah Floating Market, Gem and Jewellery Sales Centre and the World Market were built as part of this objective. But, all these facilities went into ruin and neglect since 2015 when the darkest period in commerce dawned on the country.

During this inspection tour it was agreed to revive and re-develop these important Commercial Landmarks by March this year with the active participation of the UDA, Colombo Businessmen’s Association and the Colombo Municipal Council and the intervention of state and private sector entrepreneurs.

Accordingly, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa directed the officials present to take urgent action to rebuild and revive these nerve centres.

General Secretary of the Colombo Businessmen’s Association Chaminda Vidanagamage said their Association had already submitted proposals towards achieving this objective soon.

They could be implemented in three stages, namely, in the short, medium and long term.

State Minister Gamini Lokuge recalled that his father was once a businessman at Fourth and Fifth Cross Streets in Pettah and as such he too had some business acumen.

He would mark his contribution towards developing these facilities into a popular trade centre.

The team led by State Minister Gamini Lokuge and Parliamentarians Namal Rajapaksa and D.V.Chanaka during the inspection four.

 


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