“I have seen palaces, I have seen bunkers – but this is the first time I have seen a ‘Palatial Bunker’, the JVP leader cum Opposition Chief Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake said commenting on an underground facility built at President’s house premises in Fort during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s time.
The multimillion-rupee facility has been described by Rajapaksa as a bunker built for the protection of his and other high notch politicians and officials during the war.
Rajapaksa has said that he used to have meetings with the cabinet of ministers and Security Council members at the President’s house when the war was raging on and the bunker with a secret exit tunnel had been built to meet any emergency.
However, refuting Rajapaksa’s claims, Dissanayake told media last night that he has received reliable information that the “Palatial Bunker” had nothing to do with national security.
“If national security is the issue, Rajapaksa has to explain why he used tiles imported from Italy and other items such as lightening equipment, furniture and expensive fittings imported from other countries for the facility using public funds”
Dissanayake charged that the facility had nothing to do with national security but was built as a safe haven for the Rajapaksa family with modern living quarters, which will be self-contained.
“This was to ensure continuation of the luxurious living of Rajapaksa and family even during an emergency situation. This they did at the expense of public funds” he added.
Meanwhile government sources said the facility had cost over Rs. 400 million.