22 October, 2020

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Always Breakdown Norochchalai Chinese Firm To Build Massive Water Plant In Basil’s Base

The Opposition is querying why the Government is planning to hand over a project to build a new Integrated Water Supply Scheme for the Gampaha, Attanagalla and Minuwangoda areas that will supply water to one of the most populated areas in the country  to the same Chinese firm that is responsible for the constantly broken Norochchalai Power Plant.

Ranil Wickremesinghe

The new water supply plant will be constructed in the Gampaha region where Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa is SLFP Organiser.

Addressing Parliament under Standing Order 23 (2) yesterday UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that  Cabinet had decided in April that the company CMEC would be granted the project which is estimated to cost  USD 229.5 million  after the cost was revised. The Norochcholai coal power plant construction was also contracted to CMEC, Wickremesinghe said. He said that Norochchalai was still not functioning at full capacity and added  that  the plant had broken down at least four times since commissioned. Wickremesinghe said that the inefficiency of Norochchalai had resulted in the massive electricity tariff hikes recently. The CEB Techniical Engineers Association had blamed the Company for the failure of the plant and added that these breakdowns are aimed at CMEC having their maintenance contracts extended, Wickremesinghe charged.

“Why is the Government handing over such a large project to a company that has already failed to meet on contract?” Wickremesinghe asked. He added that CMEC had limited experience with water supply schemes.  “It is standard Government practice to refrain from giving contracts and tenders to a company that has not performed in a  previous instance,” he said.

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    Country heading towards bankruptcy while the family coffers are over flowing. This is corrupt, lawless Banana Republic with Jungle Law that serve and protect only the criminals.

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    There will be a “better” Ten Percent.

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    When designing and constructing plants in the Energy and Water sectors it is best to go for the latest technologies. These would provide higher efficiencies, greater reliability and cost reduction in the long term.

    The use of outdated technology and cheap equipment from China will lead to losses and poor performance. Govt is probably awarding this because it does not have money and loan is available as well as under the table kickbacks to the top. Finally the consumer and tax payer pays for all this. Politicians and officials may get their commissions and santhosam.

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    The contractors,whom Ranil and cousin Chandrika hired to build our Southern Exressway not only didn’t finish it but robbed the guts of it and left it to ruin..

    Now cousin Ranil is pissed off that his mates’ contractors didn’t get the Water Supply job.

    It may have had a few commissioning hiccups, but the Power Station is there for all to see and has hired a number of young Engineers from our poor rural families.

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      Amanasekara, Yes the Power Station at Norachcholai is there for all to see, unable to generate Power as it is more out of order than in working order. On top it as you claim a number of young Poor Engineers are hired, like Mihin Lanka and are all LIABILITIES. RW has no mates he canvass for as he is not a Commission Kakka like the Rajapaksas. So you seem to have got mixed up as usual, which is not uncommon for a Pin Head Brain as yourself.

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    No difference between Mahinda and Ranil. Mahinda bankrupt the nation Ranil bankrupt the U.N.P. the largest political party in Srilanka. still there is no leader born to save our country or U.N.P.

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      Haniff Mohamed, tell us frankly would you have been happy with all the Corrupt cross overs remaining in the UNP, who are sitting with MR today? Wake up man, where is your rationale? Owing to people like you we are in this mess today.

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        Gamini,

        Are you in Ranil Faction or the Dissident Faction to be in the mess you are in.

        As Haniff says UNP is Kaput….Get over it.

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          If the UNP is Kaput, why are you buggers so frightened of RW? MR having paid for a two third majority, still buys from the UNP as he can not get over the Phobia and you buggers are no better peeing in your pants with the mere mention of the UNP? After all said and done you buggers are depending on the discarded UNP Buggers, as Ministers under MR to run this country today.

          What more talking Amana Sumanayo, whom are you trying to bluff?

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      Jim Softy – However much you try to conceal the truth comes out. You talks sense this time. It was so true that Mahendra bankrupt the nation.

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    It’s good to jettison the baggage from the past: Mahinda, Ranil, all the turn coats from the UNP, Muslim hangers on, and other hypocrites. and make a fresh start.

    Let’s have the 3rd independence from these humbugs!

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    All these chaps who harshly criticize anyone who is against Ranil need to consider their motives.Is it to protect a politcal failure or is it to ensure that there never will be a real challenge to the Rajapakses ? In any other democracy by now ranil would have retired to write his memoires about various foreign countries he has visited . He didnt have to pay for any of these trips ! The guys true nature ( and cunning)can be seen in the one thing he has grasped. He calculates that as long as he can cling to the leadership of the UNP (with the support of a pathetic bunch of unscruplus colombo elite in the so called working committee) there is a remote chance that one day the people will vote him in as the only alternative.But politics never works like that.He is simply too unacceptable to ever think of occupying the presidential house and enforce his nonsense marcos like policies

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      See who is commenting that Ranil is supported by a pathetic bunch of unscrupulous Colombo Elite in the UNP working Committee? Jane Fonda? This is the type who pretend to be the Village Idiots, who first supported MR, another Village Idiot over RW, now repenting at leisure, blaming Ranil for not creating a Sri Lanka Spring, to topple MR over a few hundred dead, as they care less for Human life. One thing we are not short of Pundits in this country. No wonder we can not as a society cross the Bridge as that Sinhala proverb, ‘Pandithayata Eydande Yanda Beha’. Thanks to the Mediocrity produced from Free Education.

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    Let it be understood for similar mind sets as that of Jane Fonda type, that one can not find ‘Intelligent Leadership’ to lead the Country, from village level but only from Urban, Educated Elite only. A Leader from the Urban Educated Elite, will not Lie, Steel Public Wealth for personal gain or destroy Law and Order in the country, harassing the innocent and allowing the Rapists, Rogues, Murderers to roam freely in society as witnessed in the country under such dishonest Leaders boasting as Village Idiots.

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    Enough is enough.The Govt should now consider abandoning this power plant and start a new project. This can be sold for scrap

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    This will also end up like Always Breakdown Norochchalai power plant

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