Written by Staff Writer
22 Mar, 2015 | 8:59 pm
The Voice Against Corruption Organisation says there are signs that investigations into complaints filed over corruption in the construction of expressways, are being suppressed.
At a trade union meeting held in Katunayake on Sunday, the Convener of the Voice Against Corruption Movement, claimed that investigations into alleged corruption in the construction of expressways had become stagnant.
Convener of the Voice Against Corruption, Wasantha Samarasinghe, said that they made several complaints regarding corruption in the construction of expressways.
He added: We said clearly that when Ranil Wickremesinghe went to meet Mahinda Rajapaksa on the 9th of January, Thiru Nadesan was there. Thiru Nadesan is Nirupama Rajapaksa’s husband. He was the main broker in the deals struck for the expressways. There was Prabath Nanayakkara, Thiru Nadesan and Dilshan Wickremasinghe. He is the son of the Chairman. He purchased a plot of land belonging to the Norwegian Embassy on Horton Place. When we furnished information regarding these highways, we also spoke about the money that had been stolen together with the brokers.”
Wasantha Samarasinghe claims that unexpected estimates were presented for each phase of construction of the expressways and that the brokers stole millions through this process.
We made inquiries from the Deputy Minister of Highways and Investment Promotion, Eran Wickremaratne, on whether the expressway projects would be halted given the situation.
Deputy Minister of Highways and Investment Promotion Eran Wickremaratne expressed the following:
” The Colombo ring road will be stopped. Preparations have been made for phase 3. But when we examined it, it became clear to us that the cost was excessive. We will have to give fresh contracts for the construction of this expressway. A tender procedure or similar competitive procedure will be followed. At the same time, the previous government commenced work on a Northern Expressway. A plan has been made, but the construction was entrusted to contractors in five parts even before the plan was completed. It has been given to private companies in this country, without following a competitive procedure.”
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