Feb 20, 2022

Central Expressway : Highways Ministry won't reconsider MCCI bid Featured

The Highways Ministry has ruled out reconsidering a bid offered by a Chinese Company for the construction of part of the Central Expressway project, despite an appeal to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, reports say.

The bid has been made by a subsidiary of the well-known Chinese Company MCC (Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd) and not directly from the MCC, 'The Sunday Times' reports.

However, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns that the letter has been directed by the subsidiary - MCC International Incorporation Ltd. (MCCI) and not the main company.

The letter points out that the MCCI bid is Rs. 164.4 billion lower than the local bidder that had been granted the Tender.

Speaking to 'The Sunday Times', a senior Highways Ministry official had said that taking into consideration that the offer had come from a company under the MCC, and not the main company, issues about the bid bond and the bank commitment letter, the company had been left out of the tender. If the MCC had bid for the construction of the 20 km of the expressway between Rambukkana and Galagedara the company may have been considered, he had added.

'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns that MCC is the company that has secured the most number of road related contracts in Sri Lanka.

It is now well known that a businessman having close links to highest positions in the government had been behind the company securing these contracts.