The Sunday Leader

President To Get Rs. 400 Million Luxury Bunker

By Lasantha Wickrematunge

December 24, 2006

A multimillion-dollar luxury bunker is under construction within the High Security Zone (HSZ) of Colombo for the protection of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family.
According to initial estimates done by the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau, the luxury bunker will cost in the region of Rs. 400 million given the protective cover to be afforded to the bunker.
The Sunday Leader learns work on the luxury bunker commenced in July this year with the services of a private company availed to carry out the mammoth construction.
Due to security considerations, The Sunday Leader refrains from disclosing the location of the luxury bunker or the names of the companies involved in the underground construction work. It is learnt, millions of rupees worth of work has already been carried out on the construction, for which the Treasury is expected to meet the costs.
The luxury bunker is built as a safe haven for the First Family with modern living quarters, which will be self-contained.
Director General, Media Centre for National Security, Lakshman Hulugalle contacted by The Sunday Leader said he was unaware of the construction.
Asked whether the new emergency regulations will be used against the media if such construction is reported, Hulugalle said the regulations would not apply to the media but only to terrorism.

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