Jun 26, 2017

Lankan engineers withdraw from southern expressway extension Featured

Sri Lankan engineers have decided to withdraw from consultancy services for the southern expressway extension project for the Matara to Beliatta stretch (section I).

That is due to the substandard constructions, the use of inferior quality raw material, waste of public money and the authoritarian conduct of the team leader from the Chinese consultancy firm.

The consultancy firm involved is China Railway First Survey and Design Institute Group Co. Ltd. (FSDI), and the team leader from that company is British national Colin Aspinall.

In return for privileges

He has allegedly aided China’s CATIC company to make substandard constructions and to use inferior quality raw material in return for various privileges.

Fifteen Sri Lankan senior engineers in the project petitioned project director M.S. Nilawfer on 03 April, pointing out 14 illegal acts committed by Aspinall to adversely affect the construction quality of the expressway stretch.

Since no action was taken against the team leader, they sent a reminder on 30 May, asking for an inquiry and that a decision be taken with regard to him.

Quantity surveyor removed

In the meantime, Sri Lankan quantity surveyor D.D.J.A. Amarasena has been removed from the project on the instructions of the RDA chairman and senior project director, but without approval by Nilawfer.

A committee headed by the highways ministry’s additional secretary inquired into the matter on 05 June, where Aspinall did not answer the allegations against him, and only said he could not work with local engineers any longer.