(Lanka e News -12.Aug.2018, 11.30PM) Under a project of the Water supply and drainage board owing to the pressures exerted by Basil Rajapakse , a fraud to the tune of US $ 57.5 million was committed , according to a complaint lodged day before yesterday (10) by a group including Attanagalle pradeshiya sabha member Dinesh Indika Rajapakse with the Commission to investigate allegations of bribery and corruption .
The engineers of the Water Board had estimated a cost of US $ 172 million in regard to this project which was planned in 2012. While this was the estimated amount , this project was handed over without calling for tenders to a Chinese Co. –China machinery engineering Corporation Co. at a cost of US $ 229.5 million and the agreement was signed by the then chairman of the Water Board , Karunasena Hettiarachi on 2013-05-05.
Though such an agreement ought to be signed by the ministry secretary , due to the pressures exerted by the then minister Basil Rajapakse , this agreement was signed even ignoring the established guidelines .
The complainant had stated in the complaint, because of this aforementioned project the government incurred a loss of US $ 57.5 million which in SL rupees is a whopping 9200 million !