Questions raised over deal with China on Colombo port

Questions were raised in Parliament today over the deal reached with two Chinese companies on the Colombo port.

United National Party member Ajith P. Perera told Parliament today that the deals were unsolicited and were illegal.

Two Chinese companies were awarded contracts to improve facilities at the Jaya Container Terminal of the Colombo port.

The Government said last week that one Chinese company has been awarded the contract to enhance anchorage capacity at the Jaya Container Terminal of the Colombo Port.

Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe submitted a proposal to the cabinet last week to award the contract to China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.

Cabinet approved the proposal to award the civil works contract of the project designed to enhance the deep anchorage capacity at the Jaya Container Terminal of the Colombo Port to China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. on the recommendations of the procurement committee appointed by the cabinet of Ministers.

Another Chinese company was awarded the contract to purchase three cranes to be used at the Jaya Container Terminal.

Cabinet approved a proposal to award the contract of purchasing three new cranes  using the funds of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, to Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries company of China for Rs. 25.7 million on the recommendation of cabinet appointed procurement committee. (Colombo Gazette)

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