NHDA improper tender procedures allowed officials to exploit situation



By Rathindra Kuruwita


The National Housing Development Authority (NNHDA had not followed proper tender procedure in certain matters and it had allowed officials to exploit the situation, an Attorney General’s Department official leading the evidence told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating corruption in the current administration yesterday. 


 Earlier Katukeliya Gamage Vajira Wasantha, former manager at the NHDA admitted before the PCoI that the handwriting on a number of questionable bills were his. 


 It was alleged that there had been irregularities in the construction of plaques announcing various housing projects by the NHDA and Wasantha had been suspended last month over the investigation. 


 The Attorney General’s Department official leading the evidence presented a number of bills for building materials, allegedly forged by Wasantha, and asked the witness whether the handwriting on them were his.Wasantha admitted that the handwriting on the bills presented were his. 


 Testifying before the PCoI before Wasantha Athula Bandara, a Kalutara District official of the NHDA, told the PCoI that they were instructed by some officers at the HQ that the plaque at Navodya Village, Bulathsinhala should be replaced by a larger one. The original plaque had cost around Rs. 43 000 and the subsequent one over Rs. 227 000.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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