23 September, 2017

Colombo’s 72 Hour Water Cut To Fast-Track Gota’s Yachting Project: Harsha De Silva

As several parts of Colombo and thousands of residents in the city and suburbs suffered through a 72 hour water cut that began on Saturday morning and is yet to be restored the opposition revealed that the disruption was to fast-track a Urban Development Authority yachting project on the Diyawanna Oya.

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Dr. Harsha De Silva the UNP’s Kotte Organiser said the ‘bosses of the defence establishment’ had ordained that the UDA project be completed by its end of month deadline.

The Water Supply and Drainage Board was claiming the interruption of supply was due to a repair, but subsequently new information regarding the disruption had come to light the UNP Parliamentarian noted.

“We have come to know that there was no repair needed but the main water lines at the Polduwa bridge near Parliament had to be raised so that a UDA project on the Diyawanna Oya could be completed by the end of the month deadline imposed by the Defence establishment,” De Silva said.

According to the UNP Parliamentarian, the project was aimed at allowing leisure boats and yachts on the Diywanna for the “super rich”.

The Water Board has missed deadline after deadline to restore water to several areas of Colombo including Kotte, Jambugasmulla, Nugegoda and Udahamulla, after the initial disruption was due to be only for 36 hours over the weekend.

On Monday night, Water Board officials promised to resume supply by midnight, but on Tuesday morning the Board claimed supply had been restored only at 5 AM and would take ‘few more hours” to resume properly.

The UDA comes under the powerful Defence Ministry run by Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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    All large scale infrastructure projects seem to run like clockwork, under budget and on time.

    They must be using PRINCE2, Agile, PM or a homegrown methodology. All excellent work I must say.

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      Vibushana,
      You are disgrace to the people who developed Agile and PRINCE2 type methodologies.. If you have any understanding of these processes, you should say what Ghota doing is efficient execution process very similar to what rulers in Egypt used to build pyramids… very effective, all humans still benefited from those slavery work… But are those efficient executions using the power of fear sustainable? You will see soon…

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      looks more like they are using a home grown methodology for all infrastructure projects. Look at the results:
      (a)No ships coming to Hambantota Harbour due to the massive rock under the sea bed
      (b)No planes landing at Hambantota Airport due to birds flying around
      (c) All new roads getting washed away by torential rain and flood

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        Yes indeed, unforeseen problems in some areas.

        They have built-in quality control right throughout. The expressways are for example built to international standards.

        A corner shop takes 6-8 months to get off ground. Air/Sea ports takes obviously takes longer.

        The reason they can keep borrowing more is because every project pays for itself.

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          Vibushan: “The reason they can keep borrowing more is because every project pays for itself.” …

          They must be using home grown discounted cash flow forecasting methodolgy as well. using intial rate of return for the Rajapakse Family as the succes criteria.

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          ANOTHER DUMB SRI LANKAN MUTT. BRAINLESS STUPID ASH HOLE.

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      Vibushana,

      You may be the one advising Rajapaksa regime about all these projects. If you say these projects run like clockwise and under budget and on a time. I think you have nota herd about Cost, Quality, Cost and safety are the main. Ingreadiants of a project to complete it withing the projected cost. In Sri Lanka all projects run on extra time, if you consider the Colombo Gaklle Expressway it took approximately 7 years and the contractors claim for the delay cost was over Rs. 5 1/2 billion. The work is below quuality and bridges constructed by Access International collapse even before the road was opened.

      There are many programmes in project management and the two you mentioned is not the best. Which contractor complete any job within the programme. Gota runs the UDA a semi-government cooperation is not the best organization to do any work on time, but Gota’ s dream Tao make Colombo a place for people with money is costing Rs 27 billion to the poor people in Sri Lanka. Some of the money US $ 727 million borrowed by the National Savings Bank was borrowed for Gota to do the Colombo beautification. Now who is going to pay this borrow money now?

      When you Write please think about others who are aware of the Construction Industry of Sri Lanka well and involved in that field.

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        Well, you seem to know more. I blame the opposition for not educating the masses.

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          If Sri Lankans are made up of the calibre of you, no amount of education would help would it?

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      Vibhushana

      Reason for disruption of water supply to Colombo revealed.

      So where did the Serfs …. answer calls of Nature ..?

      Pictures and the truth

      http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7383:reason-for-disruption-of-water-supply-to-colombo-revealed-&catid=36:top-stories&Itemid=124

      TUESDAY, 05 AUGUST 2014 10:44 0 COMMENTS E-MAIL| PRINT |PDF
      A very reliable source reveals that the reason for the sudden disruption of water supply to many parts of Colombo was due to raising the bridge at Battaramulla – Parliament junction so that boats could be navigated freely on Diyawanna Oya.

      The main pipeline supplying water to Colombo had been on a level with the old bridge. When the bridge was raised to facilitate boats sailing on the Diyawanna, the water supply had been disrupted. As the raising of the bridge and the pipeline could not be carried out during the planned period hundreds of thousands of people in Colombo were denied drinking water for days.

      The operation of raising the pipeline had been carried out without consulting engineers of the Water Supply and Drainage Board but on orders from Urban Development Authority. A coupling used to join the huge pipes had burst when trying to raise the pipeline. It had taken more than 10 hours to repair the coupling.

      As a result of this arbitrary move to raise the pipeline without consulting the proper authorities a large number of people were inconvenienced including students who sit the GCE A/L examination which commences today (5th). This is not the first time hundreds of thousands of people have been inconvenienced due to the arbitrary moves by the Urban Development Authority carried out for the entertainment agenda of the government on the pretext of development. The public have had to encounter such ordeals due to the direct orders and arbitrary moves by the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

      The water supply has been resumed by now. However, the people had to undergo the ordeal for more than 60 hours.

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      Times Now Breaking News! –

      For years together, they camouflaged terror operations as normal high commission functioning in Sri Lanka. But Pakistan’s cover has been blown. The ISI’s second headquarters in Colombo from where a diplomat plotted terror attacks on American and Israeli consulates in Chennai and Bangalore. As India prepares a dossier to confront Colombo on how it went unnoticed, Islamabad has withdrawn the terror diplomat Amir Zubair Siddiqui. TIMES NOW has accessed the FIR filed by the Tamil Nadu Police which reveals the entire ISI plot to target key installations in India.

      This is what Gota has been busy with. This is what Adambarakara Pin-piya’s patriotism is. This is THE Jihad that Gota and his BBS were talking about. Gon-Mara, Murderer-Gota, Virus-Champika and Swine Nanasara were trying to fool India and the entire Sri Lankan nation with an artificial Jihad force to divert people mind.

      This regime must go right now. Public & The entire opposition parties with the support of our forces must topple this regime.

      For further news update watch Times Now online.

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        “As India prepares a dossier to confront Colombo on how it went unnoticed, Islamabad has withdrawn the terror diplomat Amir Zubair Siddiqui.”

        It never went that straight anyway in Bakshish land.- they definitely have a south block alu informant.
        how else did you think K Sharma was seconded to his post of commonwealth for the second time by both Hindia and paokistan??

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          I agree.
          About the plan to attack Hamerican & IsraHell interests in Chennai and Bengaluru respectively, IsraHell admitted that the knew about it.
          The question is why they didn’t act then?

          Was it a Puckistan, IsraHell & Silly Lankan joint venture with the supervision of Uncle Sam.

          Or is it Modi proving that he is nothing but a Chaiwala/TeaBoy?

          Take note – Long before Bin Ladin was killed the Hamerican and Puckistani intelligence knew where Bin-Ladin was exactly hiding.

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            To be a one sided agent is past tense. Loud mouth Punjab east or west is one and they together run India and Pakistan. Jewish businesses took refuge in Cochin and most of Kerala during the Roman period and they are very much in the scene. Issue not big enough in lungi land to act; anyway a bit of chicken dirt from the main problem up north gives the Punjabi call a boost. Chaddi walla Gujus only know Lakshmi while the rest is their secrecy- just sitting on money box (ask your corner shops that purchase their magazines) See Ambani the unloved. Like the general Nadus JT’s need a brushing/hammering to see beyond their nose – a part of your my lang/culture is classic – the downfall- Brahmans of Nadu are different because they observe this phenomena up north and anywhere they go.

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              Fortunately those curly haired lungi fellows with moustache didn’t allow the Mizrahi heritage to over take theirs. Besides in the 50s they have emigrated to IsraHell after the plastic nation was established in 47.
              Gujjus love Lakshmi even before Siddhartha was born but remained tight fisted until now. what a unique clique.
              Hard-fisted Ambanis were mistaken for Sindi because of the ‘Ni’

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                There are currently thirty-three synagogues in India, although many no longer function as such and today vary in their levels of preservation. based in Mumbai, Kolkata, and Pune, are grand and built in various Western styles using fine materials and elaborate detail. Only one, in Cochin’s (Kochi) Jew Town, is a functioning house of prayer. It dates from 1568, . You will never know most by their name because they have local names like elsewhere in Europe. Most one meter chai got into the foreign office with their assistance. Most of them have another home in Israel but it’s not their permanent residence. You don’t know much about culture when it has assimilated in Hindia. Guju bhai still sits like elephants and only if there is a hidden aspect they deal.
                Yopu need more than a decade in hindia learning languages and observing to catch Gummy Worm to be a flycatcher.

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            “Take note – Long before Bin Ladin was killed the Hamerican and Puckistani intelligence knew where Bin-Ladin was exactly hiding. “

            You seem to hold very sensitive information. FBI/CIA would like to know from you who knew this info in America – the whereabouts of Laden before he was killed.

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              Let me put it this way to Kabi, who was born yesterday.
              Mullah Omar is in Pakistan apparently.
              How about that information treats you?
              You think the Hamaricans don’t know that?

              Do you know how do I know that news.
              I am not going to tell you that Hamid Karzai answered to a question in an interview.
              Do one thing, would you? No point wasting time in a forum where you are totally irrelevant. Why don’t you go to Uva and campaign for that fat ‘Kataragama Devale panduru Hora’ Shashindra.

              Your kakille is heading for a defeat.

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    C.A. Chandraprema can write another book “Gota’s Brain” as second part of “Gota’s War”

    He also can write another book as “Gota’s unqualified Apology from” and that will be thired part of “Gota’s War.

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      How about a Gota’s *Hor* by Shenali Waduge
      since she be doing nothing for a while.
      Could utilize the time on such a project or
      please her bosses in some other means.

      [Edited out]

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        Tsunami Hora

        “How about a Gota’s *Hor* by Shenali Waduge”

        Sinali SHILL Waduge is still active with other SHILL media such as Lankaweb.

        Shills will continue with shilling for a shilling!

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          Amarasiri, You are right she works with/for Laptop Malinda as well. But this chicken head Para-W* SHILL must have taken a back step temporarily for the stupid blunder she did as per instructions from her boss Para-Gota the best Duffer SL has produced.

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      “GOTAS UNEDUCATED STUPID COW BRAIN” ITS AN INSULT TO THE COWS TOO.

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      Another book ” Gota’s Riot” (aluthgama). !!!

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    Rainbow Whizz kid doesn’t know a Yacht from a Dingy perhaps.

    John Keels, Crown Colombo,Bellagio and Aitken Spence will be launching their own Yachts soon. from Medumula and Galle Harbour to entertain their high roller guests from the diaspora Lands, and even Modi land, but not from Ms JJ’s Turf,

    Instead of doing Economic Modelling to show our inhabitants what the Rainbow Riders can offer, better than USD 4000 Plus GDP in the coming year, Kaduwela, Battaramulla speedway, Yaldevi , now all the way to KKS from Wellawatta carrying Vellalas to inspect their Real Estate and the 8 % plus Economic growth., this dude is coming up with all this crap hoping the inhabitants will buy it.

    Does this dude know anything about Private enterprises, Government Private Partnerships Economic Development,and Infrastructure ?,

    How can he do the heavy lifting like selling our valuable Government assets such as Roads, Harbours , Airports and even man made High Roller playgrounds in Harbour city and the Medumulana Mini Island to Cameron, Harper and Obama Pension Funds,without knowing their value.?.

    Could it be just” mates only with special rates” like the Rainbow Chief’s offside Ravi and cousin Chandriks did a few years ago?.

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      How come, how can you allow anyone else other than the Family to be stakeholder in these dream projects.The selected foreigners are just minority investors who in-turn invest the assets of poor Americans and Chinese and share the loot.

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    No reason to raise that bridge to that height other than for boats to pass. Now tourist can go for boat rides round the parliment to see our monkeys at work. Godayata Magic to show the people how advanced we have become.

    Idiots at NWSDB dont seem to have done their homework. Job could have been finished in 12 – 24 hrs if planned properly. Now they are saying delay due to rain and ‘technical glitch’. More likely they have made a major blunder in the design. Sell NWSDB to a Chinese company?

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    YES, WE ARE SUFFERING WITH MUDDY WATER COMING FROM OUR TAPS….. THIS IS THE SO CALLED “WONDER OF ASIA” UNDER THE MAHINDA CHINTHANYA. WE HAD NO WATER FOR 72 HOURS AND NOW WE CANNOT DRINK OR BATHE WITH THIS WATER. GOTHA(BHAYA) IS SUFFERING FROM A MENTAL DISORDER AND GOD WILL PUNISH HIM FOR THE WICKEDNESS.

    THANK YOU FOR REVEALING THE REASON.

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    Does anyone know for a fact that Waduge is a she or he??

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      Arsehole is a unisex word and not gender specific

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    GR – Kolambata Kiri
    BR – Gamata Kekiri
    NR – Gehenu Lamaita Sookiri
    MR – Ratata Pangiri Saha Vasakiri

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