By Skandha Gunasekara
The Cabinet yesterday approved the final stages of the relocation of Pettah’s Manning Market to Peliyagoda costing Rs. 6.6 billion, awarding the contract to Maga Engineering as the Ministry of Megapolis finalises the blueprint for the Multi-model Transport Hub to be set up in Pettah at an estimated cost of Rs. 459 billion ($ 3 billion)
Megapolis and Western Development Ministry Secretary N. Rupasinghe told the Daily FT that the relocation of the Manning Market would take another two and half years to complete and the construction of the Multi-model Transport Hub was to begin thereafter.
“The feasibility study for the Transport Hub is currently ongoing,” Rupasinghe said, adding that the Environmental Impact Assessment too was presently being conducted.
According to the Cabinet proposal submitted by Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka, the Urban Development Authority (UDA) has undertaken overall project management while the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) has undertaken the development of the proposed land at Peliyagoda.
The land development work, including infrastructure, has been awarded to the SLLRDC at a cost of Rs. 500 million, inclusive of VAT, and work is nearing completion,
The Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) has been appointed as the design consultant for the project.
Furthermore, it was revealed that the architectural and engineering designs and Bill of Quantities have been completed by the CECB.
Meanwhile, the UDA has awarded the pilling contract to Nawaloka Pilling Ltd. following a national competitive bidding process at a cost of Rs. 500 million. Pilling has concluded.
The Cabinet of Ministers gave its approval to allocate funds from the Treasury for this development project.