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Cross talk over highway expenditure

7 November 2015 03:05 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A gamut of accusations were witnessed between members of the present government and an Opposition MP who happened to be a minister in the previous regime, over high costs incurred over a development project in Parliament yesterday.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella were on one side while opposition MP Dallas Alahapperuma who was a former Minister was on the other side blaming each other over the high cost incurred in the Colombo-Kandy highway.

Mr. Alahapperuma questioned as to why the government was spending Rs 4.48 billion a kilometer for this highway after criticizing the previous regime for trying to spend Rs 4.8 billion a kilometer. “You people questioned as to we construct highways with gold but I would like to ask you whether you are constructing the highway with both gold and platinum as your government too is spending an exorbitant amount,’ he said. Also he questioned as to why the government is continuing the unsolicited contract procedure after criticizing the same procedure carried out by the previous regime.

Mr. Kiriella said the interest rate which the government hove to pay for the loan generated for the project from a Chinese Bank was much less than the rate for which the previous regime promised. “You people went for high interest loans but we don’t follow that policy,” he said.

Mr. Wickremesinghe who joined in the cross talk said these were contracts signed by the previous regime. “This regime has to bear the sins of the last regime,” he therefore said. (Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 7

  • awesome Sunday, 08 November 2015 12:20 AM

    Corruption in UNF GG will create a new Guinness World Record,Way to go, yes, but not far my friends, another 6 months ? not more, mark my word !

    Euclid Sunday, 08 November 2015 12:48 AM

    Crosstalk over highway. No crosstalk over the floating armoury. Does that sound fishy?

    Onlycrosstalk Sunday, 08 November 2015 10:06 AM

    Only cross talk will take place for next five years. Kandy-Colombo highway is just a dream. That will take at least another 10 years to build, the way its going on.

    Mason Sunday, 08 November 2015 06:31 PM

    The public can argue until the cows come home, but for sure this government is not going to be any different to the previous (MR) one. It could become worse as corruption is setting in at a faster pace.

    no highway Sunday, 08 November 2015 12:52 PM

    Is the argument about spending 4.48 billion and not spending 4.8 billion When can we get rid of MR MS and RW and look forward to genuine noble president to lead this country to prosperity through genuine mechanisms implementations and honoring human rights and values. Put aside religious barriers as each needs to pray for this country as we are all Sri Lankans irrespective of cast religion or race. via DM Android App

    Sapu Saturday, 07 November 2015 08:42 PM

    As Ranil said This regime has to bear the sins of the last regime. The SL govt has to pay compensation if deals with Chinese company is cancelled so limited options

    Premalal Saturday, 07 November 2015 10:08 PM

    What is certain is that the cost is excessive because both sides confirm this.

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