May 07, Colombo: A group of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians who recently visited Hambantota has handed over an interim report on the mega development projects in the area.
The group that visited the Mattala Airport and the Hambantota Port on April 17th has handed over the report to the UNP's Leadership Council today.
The group has stated in its interim report that both mega projects were carried out in haste and were unprofitable.
UNP parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne, who was a member of the group, has said the projects have been carried out ignoring the feasibility studies.
He has observed that a strategic plan will have to be put in place to avoid future defaults on loans taken out when carrying out mega projects.
According to the report, there was an artificial attempt to utilize capacity by diverting flights at Mattala as there was no demand for the airport.
The airport was built at a cost of US$ 209 million with a loan from the Export and Imports Bank of China.