Did the State Engineering Corporation blunder?

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Text and pics by Muditha Dayananda
Commuters and residents in Homagama want to know when the bus depot which was reconstructed last past year would be opened for public use.


Rs 70 Mn Homagama bus depot sank a few months after opening ceremony


homa3The bus depot which was initially constructed in 2012 fell apart in a few months’ time after it was declared open. It was then closed and renovated over two years at a high cost.

However commuters complain that although the renovations had been completed over a year ago, the depot remain closed to the public.

The plaque at the bus depot indicated that the depot was constructed by the State Engineering Corporation at a cost of Rs. 70 million on the request of Provincial Councillor Gamini Thilakasiri, the funds having been allocated by Western Provincial Transport Minister Upali Kodikara. The depot was ceremonially opened during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency.


The bus depot which was initially constructed in 2012 fell apart in a  few months’ time after it was declared open. It was then closed and  renovated again over two years at a high cost


However people said the ground started to sink two weeks after the opening during heavy rains.
It was revealed that the bus depot built on a paddy field which was used for garbage dumping by the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha had not been properly filled and consolidated before building the depot.

Western Province Transport Secretary S.G. Wijebandu said due to the election, the opening of the bus depot had been delayed but that the depot could be vested with the public in a few weeks’ time.

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