By Yohan Perera
More startling revelations were made on the Sooriyawewa Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRIS) by the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) stating that its investigations have found out that the stadium has no owner.
This staggering disclosure was made by COPE Chairman Sunil Handuneeti at a media briefing on Thrusday.
“The payment of outstanding Rs. 4 billion to the contractor who built the stadium has become an issue as no one including Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) or the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) have claimed ownership of it,” Handuneeti said.
“We questioned the officials of SLC and SLPA which funded the project and no one claimed the ownership of it,” he added.
The MP said the outstanding amount to be paid for the contractor would increase up to Rs. 6 billion if no payment is made by next year as the interest will be claimed for it.
Responding to journalists as to what steps COPE would take to ensure that that matter is resolved COPE Chief said the committee had advised SLC and SLPA to go for a dialogue and decide as to under whose purview it has to come under.
In addition he said officials of all institutions on which investigations were made will be summoned to get a feedback on the steps they have taken to put their respective institutions on track.
This he said will be a common step which the COPE intend taking on all 15 institutions they investigated.