The Government has paid Rs. 1.8 billion per kilometre for the recently opened Katunayake expressway, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera charged today, saying the price was double that of a highway constructed with Chinese aid in Kenya.
Samaraweera told a press briefing today that China had built a highway in Kenya at Rs. 972 million per kilometre for a 50 km highway.
“The 26km Katunayake expressway has cost double that per kilometre. Some individual in the regime has made Rs. 1 billion off each kilometre,” Samaraweera said.
He said that at the astronomical cost the Katunayake expressway was the most expensive highway constructed in the world.