Kuliyapitiya plant has to be operational within 2 years: Akila

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The Kuliyapitiya assembly plant will assemble European brands of vehicles, Minister and UNP Deputy General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today.

The Minister told a media briefing that the factory would have to be constructed and has to become operational within two years. If not he said the land would go back to the government.

“The project is to assemble European vehicles and one would able to witness the truth once the plant becomes operational,” he said responding to a question raised by journalists as to whether it will actually assemble Volkswagen vehicles.

He added that the project would come back to life step by step. Accordingly around 200 vehicles would be assembled initially and expanded further.

Minister Kariyawasam who elaborated on the Hambantota Port issue said the private-public partnership would be the best option given the debt situation in which Sri Lanka is in at the moment, so that the people will not have to bear the burden in such a situation.

“More than 95 per cent of lands that would be allocated for the Hambantota industrial zone are state owned ones while there are a few that are privately owned. The Rajapaksas are worried that they would lose their stronghold if Hambantota is developed in the future and this is the reason why they are going against the setting up of the industrial zone in the area,” he added. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 8

  • RanjitS Friday, 06 January 2017 09:07 AM

    VW or not something will be done. It is sad to note that people are very negative whatever this government is doing. May be because there are no white vans now.

    kumaran Thursday, 05 January 2017 08:50 PM

    He said that Napolean won the First World War. Now he talks of a "European Make", nothing about the vehicle being Volkswagen!! What a minister!!

    Saman J Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:34 PM

    VW denied that no such investment in SL

    Concern Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:40 PM

    Within two years ?Then it will be time for re elections right ?

    Eds Thursday, 05 January 2017 10:07 PM

    Thank you for confirming that this aint VW

    Kondenathicheena Thursday, 05 January 2017 10:08 PM

    The construction and make operation a factory to take 2 Years?

    upali Friday, 06 January 2017 12:41 PM

    free publicity for folkswagan. My first car was a beetle made in brasil. via DM Android App

    ceylon Friday, 06 January 2017 01:03 PM

    another good thing did by the government. via DM Android App


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