Sri Lanka

More deals done with China


The Sri Lankan Sunday Times newspaper is reporting that China has agreed to give the country a loan of $500 million for the second phase of the Priority Roads Project in the north and south of the country.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has reported that 19 civil works have been awarded which will cover 504.9 kilometres of roads in the Western, Southern, Central, Uva, Sabaragamuwa, North Western and North Central Provinces as well as 85 kilometres of provincial roads in the Nuwara Eliya District.

The president also reported that two local consultancies had been awarded the first phase work; Consulting Engineers & Architects (Private) Limited will handle the southern work and Resources Development Consultants (Private) Limited will manage the northern work.

In other news Minister of Transport Kumar Welgama has confirmed that the Sri Lankan government is in discussions with China to purchase 3,000 new buses. The current fleet of buses is around 5,000 many of which are more than 15 years old. The move has annoyed private bus companies who believe that the government is planning to gain control over bus operations across the country.

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