Sri Lanka's first ever Gold Centre or a hub for gold jewelry and gem merchants, located at the refurbished Central Super Market, Pettah (former St. Johns fish market) will open on September 5.
The 'Gold Centre' a project by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) will have 83 gem and jewelry shops, banking facilities, car parks and restaurants. UDA Senior Consultant Weerasena Adikari said the building will also have a shop and customer service centre operated by the Gem and Jewelry Authority.
"The first and second stories of the building have been developed as the Gold Centre under the first stage of the project.
Further development using the rest of the building will take place in the future," Adikari added. Adikari said this was another venture by the UDA aimed to uplift Colombo to be a world-class city which is a key priority of the Government. "The work had been carried out under the purview of Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. This is part of the city beautification project carried out by the UDA.
The 'Gold Market' will no doubt be a major attraction for both locals and foreign tourists," he added. Adikari said the moving of the fish market to Peliyagoda has also helped to lessen congestion in Pettah, which is considered the most crowded area in Colombo.
UDA experts along with the Sri Lanka Army Engineering Service Units carried out the project.
The Chief Guest at the opening will be Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other officials will also be present.