Robbery on Central Expressway not second to Bond scam: JO

2017-09-13 09:18:04

The joint opposition (JO) yesterday said the government was attempting to commit a financial fraud not second to the ‘Bond scam’ by handing over the construction of the Central Expressway to a consortium of two Japanese companies.

Addressing a news briefing, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Professor G.L. Peiris said the initial preparations were made to obtain funds for the construction of the Expressway from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“Since the JICA is a firm of the Japanese Government, there will be no commissions. Therefore, the Mitsui Bank entered into the deal. Meanwhile, the government is trying its best to hand over the construction work of the highway to Fujita Corporation,” he said.

He said a Technical Evaluation Committee appointed had ruled that the Fujita Corporation lacks adequate financial and technical knowledge to carry out the highway constructions.

“The Committee said Fujita has no financial power as it had not undertaken a single project worth more than USD 600 million within the last five years. Then, the government roped in another company called Taisei Corporation which has technical skills. However, instead of rejecting Fujita, the government forced Taisei to establish a consortium with Fujita to construct the highway,” Prof. Peiris said.

He said the Technical Committee had estimated the constructions of the Expressway could be carried out with Rs. 123 billion but the government expects to give Rs. 132.5 billion to the Corporations.  (Lahiru Pothmulla)


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  Comments - 15

  • yahiya Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:27

    Clinically dead.

    Reply : 3       25

    Harry Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:58

    You mean the poor citizens!

    Reply : 8       16

    Rasheed Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:52

    Your previous experience speaks.

    Reply : 3       30

    Raz Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:53

    Who is this person.Do anybody known him via DM Android App

    Reply : 3       29

    roshan Wednesday, 13 September 2017 13:55

    we have forgotten this man long ago...

    Reply : 1       15

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:55

    He seems to be an expert on QS and Maths as well

    Reply : 1       29

    Bat Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:24

    like ven. Rathana

    Reply : 1       18

    cnj Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:38

    The political nanny at it again !

    Reply : 1       15

    Sam Wednesday, 13 September 2017 13:27

    You can't kid a kidder

    Reply : 1       13

    ananda Wednesday, 13 September 2017 13:38

    This is day light robbery. Kiriella need to be grilled why he presented a cabinet paper seeking approval yo cancel the already approved tender in this regard. via DM Android App

    Reply : 6       5

    ceylon Wednesday, 13 September 2017 13:47

    why you not shout at delay casess against beggest theives in your camp .shame on you while keeping phd and defending theives and criminals. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       15

    ceylon Wednesday, 13 September 2017 13:51

    if you telling truth and have proof what you are tellingtomorow go to courts and file a case.otherwise just shut up. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       15

    parthfinder Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:52

    Can he find home if he drop at Pettah

    Reply : 0       8

    Raja Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:52

    Please don't talk about robbery. You know very well how your boss and his family robbed our country.

    Reply : 0       1

    GH Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:05

    Honored sir, honest people cannot stay in the politics!!!

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