Jun 16, 2018

Another Rs. 250 m wasted as Sugathadasa track remains substandard Featured

The synthetic running track of the Colombo Sugathadasa stadium which was laid at an eye watering cost of Rs. 250 million, remains substandard, reports say.

Due to the quality issues which had arisen, the sports ministry had even halted construction payments on this regard.

A seepage, which was reported just days after the track was unveiled, has now spread throughout the track. Noting that the seepage is being spread from the second layer of the track, experts note that the track will not last long under these circumstances.

The crisis has intensified after Thilak Silva, the chairman of the Sugathadasa Stadium had refused to accept the responsibility of this new synthetic track.

He had stated he would take measures on this regard only if the engineers at the sports ministry and the Sugathadasa stadium would take responsibility.

The track was unveiled for the South Asian Junior Athletics meet, but was closed down later, citing renovations. However, it is learnt that the track remains open for training.

More contracts for same company

However, plans have been hatched to task the same company with the laying of synthetic tracks at the Matale and Rathnapura stadiums, internal sources from the ministry say.

The budget for the track laying at the Matale stadium was tabled at the recent Cabinet meeting.

History of substandards

According to the Tender contracted signed to lay the most recent track at Sugathadasa, (which took place during the tenure of Dayasiri Jayasekera as sports minister) the new track had come with a guarantee for several years and an insurance coverage.

Before that, during the tenure of Mahindananda Aluthgamage, a synthetic track was laid at a cost of nearly Rs. 200 million. However, the track could be used for barely an year due to being substandard.

(Source : Deshaya)