President requests a Committee Report on the Ports Crane Dispute within 45 days

President requests a Committee Report on the Ports Crane Dispute within 45 days

4 July 2020 09:25 pm

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a five-member committe to proble into and solve the dispute involving the cranes prepared for installation at the East terminal of the Colombo Port. 

Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Naval Affairs M.M.P.K. Mayadunne is the chairman of the five-member committee, with having Secretary to the Ministry of Industrial Export and Investment Promotion M.P.D.U.K. Mapa Pathirana, Secretary to the Ministry of Roads and Highways R.W.R. Premasiri, Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy Wasatha Perera and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Retired General R.M. Daya Rathnayake as members in the panel. 

The committee is expected to submit a report consisting a number of insights into the affair including information on who authorised to import the cranes without concluding the maintenance of the Port, within a period of 45 days. 

Accordingly, the committee is expected to,

  1. Study the Procurement Procedure and related issues related to the Jayabahalu Container Terminal
  2. Inspect whether the Cabinet Decisions on Increased Anchorage Capacity and Modernization of the Jayabahalu Terminal attached to the Ports Authority of Sri Lanka comply with the observations made by the Finance Minister on the Cabinet Decisions taken on 26th July 2017
  3. Find out why the Jayabahalu Terminal was not upgraded before the machinery was imported
  4. Inquire into the procurement procedure which initiated without a request and the cost consequences and the shipping of the machinery before the terminal is built
  5. Study the agreements of the Government of Sri Lanka with India and Japan on the Colombo Port, especially involving the Eastern Terminal
  6. Analyse the financial consequences and the cost consequences of decisions taken by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, line ministries and the government on the above 1,2 and 3
  7. Identify who should be held accountable for the above actions
  8. Submit proposals for the development of two of the aforementioned terminals to the maximum extent possible through trade, maritime and domestic foreign investment