CMC Rs 800 m out-of-pocket on CHOGM preparations

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Even though a year has passed since The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was held in Colombo, the Colombo Municipality is yet to receive Rs. 800 million it spent on beautification and development projects across the city from the Treasury.


The External Affairs Ministry promised to intervene on behalf of the municipality to obtain the funds, which at the time were an additional expense to the development projects conducted by the CMC.   


The CMC last year said that it had spent close to Rs. 1 billion on development projects in preparation for the CHOGM that was held last November.
CMC Deputy Mayor Titus Perera earlier said the ministry had asked the CMC to carry out development activities for the CHOGM and that it would mediate to acquire funds from the Treasury.  


The CMC had requested the External Affairs Ministry for its promised intervention for the funds soon after the meeting hoping the funds would be reimbursed before the presentation of the 2014 municipality budget.


However, CMC sources yesterday said the municipality had not received any funds from the Treasury so far with regard to CHOGM.


“We carried out development and beautification projects in the city because of the CHOGM that was held in November. The activities we carried came under the purview of the municipality using municipality to the tune of Rs 800 million. However, the External Affairs Ministry recommended that the Treasury release some funds for the projects, but we are yet to receive it,” officials said.(Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

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  • Sonali De Silva Sunday, 16 November 2014 02:36 PM

    1 Billion gone and the CMC is still surviving. Guess they have more money than we thought.

    Waco Saturday, 15 November 2014 11:23 AM

    Do not worry about it now, after one year.Write it off as " BAD DEBTS "

    Waco Saturday, 15 November 2014 11:23 AM

    Do not worry about it now, after one year.Write it off as " BAD DEBTS "

    lal Saturday, 15 November 2014 08:06 PM

    They get a dated cheque. Now to whom going tell.

    Mason Saturday, 15 November 2014 11:53 AM

    It was to glorify MR that CHOGM was held. Ask him or his bro to dish out.

    TONY Saturday, 15 November 2014 10:26 PM

    DONT CRY OVER THE PAST. YOU SHOULD HAVE ASKED FOR THE MONEY BEFORE NOT AFTER THE EVENT

    Lasantha Saturday, 15 November 2014 11:05 PM

    CMC is dreaming to get One Billion rupees from Government for a show-off CHOGM.Just imagine what the real cost for CHOGM.

    bababoo Saturday, 15 November 2014 01:43 PM

    Consider it as tuition fee for Cameron.

    bababoo Saturday, 15 November 2014 01:45 PM

    Get it from the mayor as he may have approved it

    Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Sunday, 16 November 2014 05:32 AM

    Many nations boycotted CHOGM because it was held in Sri Lanka. the world or the common Wealth is not going to refund anything to Sri Lanka. Look at the way Russia is treated by many of the same nations. They still think the world revolves around them.

    nalaka Sunday, 16 November 2014 09:08 AM

    giving money to CMC now will go to UNP election work


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