Addressing a media briefing held in Kandy, Kiriella said that the relevant construction company is a leading construction company, but he had not awarded the contract to this said company.
The former Minister revealed that the 40 km stretch from Meerigama to Kurunegala had been awarded to local construction companies and was distributed among 16 local contractors as 2½ km each.
Kiriella further noted that while he admits that Daya Gamage’s company had received the money from the government for the construction of a 2 ½ km stretch but had not completed the work, but added that the government is not responsible to pay back this money.
He said that the agreement had been signed in a manner where the 40km stretch had been divided into 10 km blocks and awarded to construction companies on tender. Further, a leader had been appointed from among this group and in the event any of the tender parties fail to complete construction after having obtained the funds, then this leader has to take responsibility for their failure.
He said that bank grant s had also been obtained for it, adding that the group leader for the team which includes Daya Gamage’s company is Sierra Construction Ltd.
Kiriella noted that of the 40 km stretch, now only two km is left to be completed and urged the government to expedite its construction.