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Japanese Company accused of delaying BIA Expansion Project

The Government is to complain to the Japanese Government about the delay on the part of the Japanese company that has obtained the contract for construction work under Package B of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Expansion Project, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.

The Minister has instructed his Secretary to inform the Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka in this regard. The Minister made these remarks during the progress review meeting at the BIA yesterday.

The construction work on Package B commenced in 2017 and the estimated cost was Rs.6.billion. The project was to be completed by October, 2019.

The Government has already given additional time of 18 months to the company, but it has been dragging on the project citing various excuses and reasons. “This is a waste of public money. We have a responsibility to complete these projects on time. Therefore, a decision has been made to inform the Japanese Government on the delay in construction work,” the Minister said.