Colombo's new landmark 'The Floating Market" in Pettah, Colombo was ceremoniously declared open yesterday (Aug. 25).
Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena declared open the new shopping and dining precinct in the presence of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. This concept market in Bastian Mawatha was built by the Urban Development Authority under the direction of Secretary Defence.
The Floating Market which sits between the long distance private bus terminal in Pettah and the Fort railway station contains 92 stalls including a restaurant and refreshment stalls. In addition to the private shopping stalls it will also house a number of selected state institutions that will offer local produce, gems and jewelry etc.
The first of its kind market in the country, the Floating Market will offer people a unique shopping and dining experience in a beautiful setting. Its convenient location will offer easy access to the visitors.
Stalls are built on the banks of a canal of the Beira Lake. Floating platforms selling vegetables and fruit are one of the attractions of the market. The special light setup with solar powered street lamps illuminate the area with shades of various colours. Artistically landscaped walkway and the tree lined street reflect the environmental concern showed during the construction phase of the market.
Construction work of the Floating Market was handled by the engineering units of the army and navy.
Ministers, parliamentarians, Mayor of Colombo, service commanders, provincial councilors, UDA Chairman, senior state officials, tri forces officers and distinguished invitees were also present at the occasion.