Mar 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is compelled to halt the construction of the new defense headquarters being built in Battaramulla due to the irregularities in the expenditure, the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said.
Minister Karunanayake addressing a public meeting in Colombo Monday (16) said the construction of the new defense headquarters complex will be halted as the estimated cost has gone over Rs.50 billion.
A Spokesperson to the Ministry of Defense told the media the cost for the construction of the new headquarters has gone over the estimated value and construction will be suspended until a formal investigation is launched.
The construction of the new military complex located in a 56-acre land in the administrative capital of Sri Lanka, Sri Jayewardenepura, was initiated by the previous government to free the prime land in Galle Face where the Defense Ministry is currently located.
It will consist of the headquarters of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the offices of the Commanders of the three armed forces, training centers, operational rooms, research centers, and other facilities.