The investor for the Rs. 11 billion project is Nandana Jayadeva Lokuwithana.
The foundation laying will be graced by prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in the absence of president Maithripala Sirisena who is touring Jaffna.
At the recent elections, the UNP even printed handouts alleging that Lokuwithana is the front man in local and foreign business investments for the ill-gotten monies of the Rajapaksas.
In May 2015, the FCID filed a ‘B’ report to the Kaduwela magistrate’s court alleging that part of the 18 billion dollars of black money of Mahinda Rajapaksa had been invested on Dubai’s Marriot Hotel, and that Lokuwithana was running the hotel.
Lokuwithana is reportedly enjoying special privileges from the present government too.
President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to withdraw the taxes, deemed unreasonable, imposed on all steel importers, excepting Ceylon Steel Corporation Ltd., owned by Lokuwithana.
Born at Kobitiyagollewa in Medawachchiya, Lokuwithana’s name has been mentioned in the controversial Panama Papers too.