Mar 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to recommence all the main and provincial road development projects in the island nation with China, a senior government official has said.
Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion Ministry Secretary, Udaya Ranjith Seneviratne has told Xinhua Sunday that the Ministry had already made payments to the relevant Chinese contractors for the projects. Some Chinese companies had earlier decided to suspend some of the projects due to non-payment.
According to the Ministry official, extension of the Southern Expressway is one of the projects to immediately recommence work.
"We paid the Chinese companies 1 billion rupees last week so that they could continue with the projects without any hindrance. The government is committed to continue these road projects with China and we have informed the companies to accelerate their work so that they could finish soon," Xinhua quoted Seneviratne as saying.
He has also said that the Sri Lankan government would continue to give road development projects to these Chinese companies as the government valued the development projects done by China in the past.