Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has inaugurated the launch of yet another Chinese-funded project in the country, an irrigation project in North Central and Eastern Provinces.
The project is estimated to cost US$210 million, with 85% of the funds being provided by China and the construction is set to be undertaken by the China CAMC Engineering Corporation.
Previous Chinese-constructed projects in Sri Lanka have shown a host of defects, with a $1.4 billion port in the President’s hometown needing further work after a massive seabed rock obstructed the entrance and a failing power plant continuing to cause power cuts across the country.
The current project has been touted to solve the water problems in the North Central Province for areas such as Kebithigollewa, Padaviya, Welioya, and Medawchchiya.
It is expected to benefit 10,000 farming families in particular.