Agreement to be signed with Taisai next week

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Central Expressway

By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday the agreement to hand over the construction work on the Central Expressway would be signed with the Japanese Company Taisai next week.  

He told a news conference that the Cabinet had approved the decision to do so.  

The minister said there had been no malpractice in the tender procedure and that they were able to reduce the Taisai bid from Rs.159 billion to Rs.134.9 billion after discussions.  

He said the work on the Central Expressway was to have begun in August last year but it was delayed because of the tender procedure.  
“The previous government gave contracts on building expressways without any tender procedures,” the minister said   
He said some people were opposed to building the central expressway and recalled that the UNP government planned to construct it in 2002 but was unable to do so because the then government was toppled.  

The minister said he was not prepared to respond to COPE Chairman Sunil Hadunnetti, who did not have any expert knowledge on expressways but would do so should the Attorney General raise any queries on any matter.  

He said MP Handunnetti could question him on financial matters connected to the expressway only after the relevant accounts were tabled in Parliament and based on the AG’s observations on it.