Competitive bids for Sri Lanka expressway project
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s new government has decided to call for competitive bids to build sections of a new expressway connecting the capital Colombo with Kandy in the central hills, a government spokesman said.
Local contractors will be invited to bid for a 32.5 kilometer long section of the Central Expressway, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told a news conference.
The proposal made by Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
to assign the work for local contractors through competitive bidding under 05 packages each of a length between 4.5km – 7.5km, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
The work will be divided into five packages each of a length between 4.5km and 7.5km with the project expected to be completed in 36 months Senaratne said.
The former Rajapaksa regime was heavily criticised for giving road projects without calling for competitive bids with experts saying many of the project costs were inflated as a result, costing the taxpayer more money.
(Colombo/December 10 2015)