Jun 03, 2017

Matara- Beliatta railway track under rogues Featured

The Presidential Secretariat is said to have received many complaints regarding the Matara-Beliatta section of the railway track construction on the proposed Matara-Kataragama rail track. It is alleged that the contractors of this project is not adequately qualified to carry out such a task and the delay in construction is due to their inefficiency.

The complaints indicate that as the team leader of CECB, Senior Engineer M.M. Akram was against the irregularities and corruption taking place under the Contractors of the project. Therefore the contractors had sought the help of a senior minister within the government to remove Akram from the project and a letter has been sent to the Secretary of the Civil Aviation Ministry requesting the removal of Akram.

Under Chinese government loans:

According to information received, this project commenced operations on 13 August, 2013 with funding by Chinese government loan facilities.

The first stage of construction was Rs. 41,730 million ($278.2 million) and the contractors China National Machinery Imports and Export Corporation (CMC) Company was chosen as the contractors for the project.

In addition, China Exim Bank had approved the loan after China National Machinery Imports and Export Corporation (CMC) and China Railway No. 5 Engineering Corporation (C.R. 5) had joined up as contractors for the project.

Accordingly, the contracting company had been awarded $86.4 million as an advance to commence the first stage of the project for the construction of the Matara-Beliatta stretch of the Matara-Kataragama railway track as per the agreement. The first stage was due to be completed by July 31, 2016.

Lack of experience and qualifications:

The consultancy responsibilities of the project was handled by CECB according to an agreement signed with the Transport Ministry.

However, later there were disagreements and disputes between the Contracting company and the consultancy company due to the contracting party’s lack of experience in such constructions, lack of experienced and duly qualified staff, lack of equipment and building materials, unplanned work, knowingly reducing the quality of construction and misleading and threatening the engineers