The Sunday Leader

Costly Opening Ceremony Exposed

The former government had allegedly spent Rs. 200,000 per minute for the opening ceremony of the Bellanwila walkway. The Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLR&DC) had allegedly been instructed to assign the contract to manage the event to Showtown Entertainment (Pvt.) Limited, owned by Bathiya Jayakody of Bathiya-Santhush fame without calling for quotations. Hence, the SLLR&DC had paid Rs. 27.614 million to Bathiya Jayakody violating government procurement guidelines.

According to SLLR & DC sources, Rs.11.954 million had been paid to Showtown Entertainment for the cultural events on the day of the opening ceremony on September 9, 2014 and the balance Rs.15.66 million on September 17, 2014.

It is also learnt that a staggering Rs.13.845 million had been paid for the opening dance including the main event and for the compeers in three languages for the cultural events, sound and light system for the musical show Rs.11.1 million, stage décor and for advertising Rs. 1.831 million and another Rs. 837,400 lakh had been paid for marquees, VIP chairs, water pumps, and special dresses.

Earlier the former government’ were accused of paying Rs. 15 million to the Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Foundation for their dance presentations at the Hambantota harbour opening ceremony. However, Channa Wijewardena and Upuli Panibharatha recently revealed that they were paid only Rs. 6.8 million and not Rs. 15 million as claimed by the organisers.  “Although the SLLR & DC accounts show that they have paid Rs. 27.614 million to Bathiya Jayakody, we now have a doubt whether the entire amount had been paid to Showtown Entertainment or another pocket,” sources alleged. Many attempts by The Sunday Leader to contact Jayakody for a comment on the matter failed. (NK)


2 Comments for “Costly Opening Ceremony Exposed”

  1. gamarala

    Just another instance of corruption – the state official who awarded the ‘tender’ without advertisement should be charge sheeted – a case for FCID.

  2. Karthik

    All are now fully aware of the gross misuse of tax payers money /borrowed money at a high interest. But then how are we to make good of the loss..

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