Road Development Authority (RDA) officials will have to explain themselves to the Bribery commission on the controversial tender for the proposed elevated highway from New Kelani Bridge to Athurugiriya. been summoned Bribery Commission to provide a statement on The tender that has been awarded to China Harbour Engineering Corporation Ltd (CHEC).

Initially, the RDA will have to explain the project documents to the investigators.

Allegedly the tender has been formulated in a manner to enable the Chinese contractor to have an advantage over others by adding tough conditions.

Also, there are allegations that the RDA official gave special concessions to China Harbour Engineering even after the closure of the tender process. Competitors say that the upfront payment of US$ 140mn was waived by the RDA official and there were significant deviations in the final version of tender documents and the draft.

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