Responding to allegations of constructing a bunker with spacious facilities underneath the President’s House in Colombo Fort, former President President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that the facility was built during the war time for security reasons.
He said that authorities should refrain from divulging such details and identified it as a serious breach of sensitive security information being leaked to the media.
Rajapaksa also identified the leaking of information regarding the facility to the media as another attempt in a series of similar deliberately orchestrated events to tarnish his and his family’s image.
The media recently reported with pictures, about an ‘underground bunker’ with spacious facilities constructed at the Presidential House in Fort during the former government’s tenure.
The construction of the said underground bunker reportedly began during the war but ended after the war was over.
According to reports, the two storey underground facility also has an electrical elevator and a 24-hour automatic air-conditioning system.
It also consists a half completed tunnel with the exit towards the port reportedly built for a secret escape if necessary. Media reports say despite Rajapksa’s claims the facility was frequently used by his sons.