Sri Lanka govt construction firms get first â€˜Megapolisâ€™ contracts
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan government construction firms will get the first contracts for selected projects under the new ‘Megapolis’ plan covering the Colombo metropolitan region but through competitive bids, a government spokesman said.
Health minister Rajitha Senaratne said the ‘Megapolis’ town development program will address major issues like traffic congestion, parking and road safety that arose owing to haphazard development.
Initial projects for developing important towns in the Western Province, where Colombo is located, are to be done at a cost of six billion rupees this year, he told a news conference.
The cabinet of ministers had approved a proposal by Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development to award projects that can be done immediately to government construction organizations or their subsidiaries on design and build basis through competitive bidding.
Other contracts that may take time because of reasons such as land acquisition will be given to private sector consultants and contractors through the open competitive procurement procedure, Senaratne said.
According to the proposal, bidding for initial contracts will be offered Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation, Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau, State Development and Construction Corporation, State Engineering Corporation and the Provincial Road Development Authority.
(Colombo/January 15, 2016)