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China rejects Rajitha’s claim

2 April 2015 05:34 pm - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Chinese embassy in Colombo today denied claims by Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne that the estimated cost of the Colombo Outer Circular Road was reduced by Rs.30 billion.

An embassy spokesperson told Daily Mirror that the news report on the Colombo Outer Circular Road cost reduction was not in line with the facts. "We have contacted the relevant Chinese contractor. It was proved that no agreement was reached between the Chinese contractor and Sri Lanka Road Development Authority on any reduction of the cost of the project. The so-called Rs. 30 billion commission being paid to the previous government was also groundless. The total contract cost by the Chinese contractor is Rs. 66.8 billion,” he said.

He said the contract cost was reasonable since the 9.5 kilometre project included a six kilometer long viaduct as well as the building of a 3.5 kilometre long embankment which he said was a low estimate compared to those quoted by other countries. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 19

  • Ruwan Friday, 03 April 2015 02:16 AM

    Thank you, China for responding to the issue. Please, do your business in your country and we will select the best partners to do our businesses if you cannot work as per our requirements.Thanks Chinese for your help during the past!

    SB Saturday, 04 April 2015 07:23 AM

    Case of foot in the mouth once again

    Cheers Friday, 03 April 2015 02:53 AM

    Like Rajitha he is rejected and like a expired milk packet

    Nanda Friday, 03 April 2015 09:48 AM

    Its shame that these kind of politicians drag these countries to gain their political advantages. Today China agreed to bring Sri Lankans from Yeman, yet India refuse to bring them in their ship. At least now, must identify true friends of our country.

    concernedM Friday, 03 April 2015 09:50 AM

    This road has six lanes, not two lanes. It's express way, not ordinary way. Most are soft foundation, few are solid foundation. Many fly overs and bridges. That's why the cost is high

    Veda-mama Friday, 03 April 2015 04:02 AM


    yapa Friday, 03 April 2015 04:26 AM

    This is not the first time this guy makes claims of this nature.

    Pissa Friday, 03 April 2015 04:55 AM

    Amathi thumawa kade arinawa wage

    kumaraya Friday, 03 April 2015 05:00 AM

    Let us see where this is going to end!!

    ari Friday, 03 April 2015 05:15 AM

    Our ministers have become real jokers

    peace maker Friday, 03 April 2015 05:30 AM

    Oooooopsss I did it again!!

    LM Monday, 06 April 2015 10:40 AM

    Why they still keep him as a cabinet spoken even after making false statement after statement

    Kali Friday, 03 April 2015 06:39 AM

    Minister Rajitha does not have any credibility left. The immense damage he is doing to the current regime is unbelievable.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Friday, 03 April 2015 10:56 AM

    What are they using to pave this road - gold?

    Shenal Friday, 03 April 2015 07:05 AM

    66.8 billion for a 9.5 km road?? That is 7,031,578.947368421 ruppees for a meter.....Rs 7 million per meter??? OMG!!!

    Esala Friday, 03 April 2015 05:18 PM

    Illan kanawa.

    Prem Nath Friday, 03 April 2015 11:28 AM

    Why have a minister as a spokesperson for the government.This is a very responsible post,it would be better to appoint a retired judge or an eminent person who has been in the diplomatic service.

    Jan chandra Friday, 03 April 2015 11:29 AM

    this man is renowned for lies and hearsay. What a shame!

    im Friday, 03 April 2015 11:41 AM

    well said mate.. This government take the country to no where. God bless SL

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