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The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has revealed that several irregularities have taken place during the construction of the Central Expressway.

The Committee on Public Enterprises met in Parliament yesterday (21 Nov) and noted that over Rs. 1.7 billion Rupees has been spent on road feasibility studies alone and the company was selected for the feasibility study without a procurement process and the project which was under 3 phases as the Northern Expressway in 2012 has been changed to 4 phases as the Central Expressway by 2015.

COPE Chairman Prof. Charitha Herath directed the Secretary to the Ministry of Highways to submit an immediate report on the financial loss incurred due to the change in the original project.

He also inquired about the current condition of the Central Expressway and highlighted that work on the Kadawatha-Mirigama section has been completed by 5 percent.

It was further revealed that the commencement of work on the first section of the Central Expressway from Kadawatha to Mirigama has been delayed from 2015 to 2019, causing a financial loss of Rs. 8 billion.

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