They say that about three years ago, they lost their shops which they owned for around 40 years at Pitakotte, where Kotte municipal councilor Janakara Ranawaka had plans to build Jayaraja City.
However, construction of the new facility has been on hold for around 18 months now.
The place given to the traders temporarily is without any parking and lavatory facilities, very hot and leaks during rains and insecure, they say.
Former opposition leader at the Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte municipal council Sugath Appuhamy says it was him who intervened to get at least a temporary place for these traders.
Distancing himself from responsibility, Ranawaka says plans for the market complex had to be abandoned due to the government change.
Most of those who are presently in the CTB land had no permanent shops at the dismantled complex, according to him.