Office of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today rejected the allegation level against the Rajapaksa government on the road constructions and said that even standard practices in the construction industry are portrayed as instances of abuse by the previous government.
At a press conference last Thursday (2), Minister Kabir Hashim made certain allegations about several infrastructure projects initiated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government.
“While the government is engaged in this exercise of vilifying their predecessors with dubious accusations, the development work that was started by the previous government has grounded to a halt. Thousands of people are losing their jobs and are not in a position even to celebrate the New Year. We believe the present government should look to the future, instead of wasting time concocting various stories about the past,” the former President’s office said.
It also said that infrastructure projects are costly and complicated and it is always possible to make various allegations that may seem plausible to the general public who have no awareness of the complexities involved.
“All costs associated with large projects are scrutinised by technical evaluation committees and cabinet appointed tender boards and everything has to finally get cabinet approval. Our fear is that given the absurd lengths to which the present government is taking this campaign of misinformation, a prejudice against all development projects may be created in the minds of the public - which will finally be to the detriment of future generations in this country,” it said.
Giving details answers for Minister Hashim’s allegation, the statement also stated that Minister Hashim characterised those instances as evidence of large scale corruption.
“Though minister Hashim says that the average cost of a two lane highway in the year 2010 was Rs. 75 million per km, road projects are not generic products like sugar or dhal which can have an average world market price. Every road project is unique and the cost will differ due to various factors. Building a highway elevated on columns across marshy land will increase costs. The levelling of hills, blasting through rock, filling in of marshy or low lying land, the building of bridges and culverts, the width of the road and the number of lanes, the cost of acquiring land etcetera increases or decreases the cost by large amounts,” it added.
Aiyo MR not stop complaining! When u were in power BBS insulted our faith! Now we have that peace!
silva Sunday, 05 April 2015 04:53 PM
we know his standard lmao via DM Android App
Real Peace Sunday, 05 April 2015 05:02 PM
....and, sir, you turned a completely blind eye for horrendous murder of Lasantha and mountains of corruptions under your reign. Now you are defending what you did!!!
sataro Sunday, 05 April 2015 05:18 PM
ayyo very perfect man . One of the best n honest president v have seen in Lanka via DM Android App
boris Monday, 06 April 2015 06:49 PM
Excellent comment! Everybody should read it.
amal Monday, 06 April 2015 08:20 AM
You your family, friends and and your govt raped this country. Yes you saved us from the LTTE. But that does not give you the power to rape this country. If a man saves a woman from rape it does not give him the right to rape her. This is what you did to this country.
Sri Lankan Monday, 06 April 2015 08:22 AM
Under Mr. the only standard practise was ABUSE !!!
DION Monday, 06 April 2015 08:30 AM
we all know that even taking people in white vans and attacking journalists was also standard practice
dulan Monday, 06 April 2015 08:36 AM
Wow the high standards he maintained! What confidence do people have on your cabinet decisions.
mailman Monday, 06 April 2015 08:55 AM
MR you were a man who came up upholding good human values yoh were a man who always fought for human rights. When you came into power you ended the decade long war. Applied an anti west attitude to avoid war crime allegations and in the process lost the GSP which resulted in closing of several textile manufacturing factories resulting in so many job losses. When in power you forgot human rights which you once so earnestly fought for. You brought peace in the north but created a war in Colombo when you let corrupt politiceans their goons and thugs to run riot as there was no law and order. You apppointed your family members who ensured they have enough wealth for their future generations. If you upheld your values you would have been the president to date. You ruined your career now resign instead of casting baseless comments to a government trying to clean up a mess you created. via DM Android App
kukula Monday, 06 April 2015 09:13 AM
standard practice my foot. please enter school of management.
lkboy Monday, 06 April 2015 09:35 AM
yes, we know your standards :D
Alahapperuma Monday, 06 April 2015 03:34 PM
The present government is spreading most awesome rumors and publishing falsehood than impartial and accurate reportingEG. :China denies Rajitha’s claimsNo road project will give a financial return immediately. Most of the projects are financially not viable, but are economically viable. It will take longer time to justify the investment, risk and the trouble.
hubert Monday, 06 April 2015 03:40 PM
standard practise ?? ask Sri Lankan
SidathB Monday, 06 April 2015 10:41 AM
Its up to Minister Hasheem to counter challenge MRs detailed reply as absurd and giving MR a fitting professional reply (NOT political platform remarks JUST like most of the emotional viewers to this News item whom have posted irrelevant responses )
Ahimsa Monday, 06 April 2015 10:43 AM
Sir, is white van culture a normal practice, creating disappearance and silencing opponents specially media men normal practice, your statement without rejecting claims for amassing wealth in foreign countries and banks you shall not win sympathy. People are dying in hospitals without medicines.
Mallawa Monday, 06 April 2015 10:47 AM
Standard abuse or abuse standardized!
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