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Uma Oya; foreign assistance sought

29 June 2017 03:14 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena said today the government expects to get the assistance of foreign specialists to seek the possibility of taking forward the Uma Oya project by preventing the negative affects caused to the people.

“The residents have to face the negative effects of this project which had been implemented only on political decisions and by neglecting the advice of the engineers. Though the groups which had drained millions of rupees through wrong political decisions and committed financial frauds are silent in the midst of the people’s protests today, the government will carry out an investigation against them,” he said.

He said this at a ceremony held today in Nuwara Eliya.

“When the current government came to power, the possibility to stop this project was examined. But we couldn’t stop it because 2/3rds of the project had been completed by that time. Furthermore, we had to consider moving the project forward because of the huge loan which had been obtained from the Iranian government for this project," the President said.

He said he had discussions with local and foreign specialists about the actions to be taken now and that a German specialist on mining has started investigations and another group of specialists would arrive in Sri Lanka to carry out further studies.

  Comments - 11

  • Buddhadasa Thursday, 29 June 2017 08:57 PM

    Why dose the government seek the help of foreigners to take forward the Uma Oya project?. The universities in Sri Lanka produce sufficient Civil and electrical engineers and I am 100% sure that our own engineers are capable of completing such a project. If the government can sort out the finances necessary the local brains should be able to do it. It should be noted that Sri Lankan education is first class and the children who cannot enter the Sri Lankan universities , due to the lack of capacity at universities go abroad and easily get 1st and upper 2nd class degrees. Probably some politicos in the government are after hefty bribes from foreign bidders! after

    brainmaster Thursday, 29 June 2017 09:07 PM

    Get engineers down from Switzerland they are expertsfor such projects. via DM Android App

    ceylon Thursday, 29 June 2017 11:14 PM

    can we hear is there anything no need foreign assitence 69 years of independencefailed state. via DM Android App

    Leo Friday, 30 June 2017 01:11 AM

    Come the project opening time Sirisena will claim his government completed 90% of the project.

    JeffK Friday, 30 June 2017 01:12 AM

    The aim of this project is to provide water for poverty stricken Monaragala farmers. Does this mean he oppose it?

    Liberal One Friday, 30 June 2017 01:14 AM

    Someone has to remind him that he was in the previous government too. Which means he is responsible for this project twice.

    kumaran Friday, 30 June 2017 01:34 AM

    Foreign expertise for the Uma Oya, Waste Management, oil exploration, power generation, road development, railways, etc etc etc. What use are our graduates? They go to foreign countries after their education that cost the tax payer!! Even cricket coach is a foreigner !! Can you see the irony and the utter stupidity of our rulers?Why not have foreigners rule the country, like prior to independence when things were so good? But then, most never knew those good days.

    JohnJames Friday, 30 June 2017 02:19 AM

    Yes,another investigation, another report.We all know Who the folks are, but two years on? Roaming the world as free birds, like Sri Lanka airlines says,, Your our World, and we use your money!!! Why fly with us?

    Missaka Friday, 30 June 2017 07:30 AM

    We may have got good engineers, but how can then ministers could pocket out something, if we don't get foreign help.

    Missaka Friday, 30 June 2017 07:32 AM

    Same disaster will take place if the government starts the Kandy Tunnel Road system. There is a Lime bed rock underneath the hills of Kandy area.

    Tom and Jerry Friday, 30 June 2017 08:09 AM

    GMOA doctors are proof of what you say!!!

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