Construction of roads and highways, a penchant of the Rajapaksa regime, which turned into a well-spring to amass wealth, ran into serious difficulty when the government was left with a hefty outstanding bill of Rs. 38.178 billion to be paid to local contractors for work done up to December 31, 2014.
Working Director, Road Development Authority (RDA), Keith Bernard said there were new bills to the tune of Rs. 17.2 billion from December 31, 2014 to May this year.
“The outstanding amounts on the Katunayake Expressway, preliminary work of the Northern Expressway and the Outer Circular Highway phase one and two were staggering. We had to first get a grip of what had taken place, the scope of work, how far it had been completed, financial commitments and ways to settle contractors,” said Bernard.
“This took around two months and it is during this period that the new government came under fire for bringing development projects to a halt,” he said.