Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has disclosed that the actual cost of the infamous Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota is only Rs. 852 million, contrary to claims made by the former Mahinda Rajapaksa led government which said that the stadium was built at a cost of Rs. 4.5 billion.
The fresh valuation was called amidst claims by the previous government which said that they had spent Rs. 4.5 billion to construct the stadium, and with the Chinese company now requesting for payment from the Sri Lankan government for carrying out the stadium construction work which was carried out during Rajapaksa’s term.
“There is absolutely no basis for the previous government’s claim that they spent Rs. 4.5 billion to construct this stadium,” Karunanayake added.
The stadium in Hambantota has been termed a ‘white elephant’ due to the extreme costs for construction and maintenance and because very few cricket matches have been played in the stadium since it was opened in 2011.