MRIA to be privatised

27 April 2016 05:37 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) is to be privatised within the year, the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said.

A ministry source said that it had received proposals from several companies, including three private Chinese companies.

“Since the airport was constructed by the Chinese Government it has not submitted a proposal,” the source said.

The source said the government was in the midst of searching for a way to repay the instalments on the loan taken to construct the airport.

“At the moment the loan is being repaid with the income from the Bandaranaike International Airport. This will not be done in the future,” the source said.

The MRIA was opened in March 2013, and US$209 million was spent on the project; with $190 million provided by the Chinese government. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 9

  • dham Wednesday, 27 April 2016 01:19 PM

    Whole Hambantota can be sell to MR & family poor tax payers get rid of this mess. via DM Android App

    MP for Ja-ela Wednesday, 27 April 2016 02:32 PM

    In the past, they said; we have Ratmalana airport so we don't want Katunayaka...Now the same story for Mattala.The Colombo port needed hundred of years to reach today's status, so wait for Hambantota port.

    travellor Wednesday, 27 April 2016 03:14 PM

    Very good suggestion to save tax payer money.MRIA is one example of failure due to lack of proper feasibility study.Three years after opening no revenue.

    Joker Wednesday, 27 April 2016 09:02 AM

    First change the name. via DM Android App

    JustMyOpinion Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:41 AM

    Finally the government is talking sense. Time to stop worrying about one's legacy and make some real changes to cut down the thumping debt burden..Wont be a popular decision, but time to accept the bitter truth..

    kan Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:44 AM

    Sell it to MR for Re1 only and let him repay the loans and own the airport.

    willows Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:56 AM

    spot on !!!

    lawry Wednesday, 27 April 2016 12:09 PM

    Sell it to the Family

    Dellon Thursday, 28 April 2016 03:56 AM

    Airport sure go ahead but we should not sell the Hamba port as its already been used by some major car liners and could be a valuable assets in fee years


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