Local contractors seek more work
Local construction companies should be given at least a 35 percent
share of major development projects to sustain in the industry, National
Construction Association of Sri Lanka (NCASL) Chairman Ranjith
Speaking at the NCASL Annual Sessions he said that although major
development work is given to foreign companies by the Government it is
imperative that local construction companies also learn through
technological transfers to sustain in the industry.
“The major players in the local construction industry are the engine
of growth of this sector.
Therefore constructors have a responsibility to fulfill the tasks
entrusted by the Government beyond expectations,” Goonetilake said. He
said 2011 will be very prosperous for the construction industry. “As
such industrialists have to be prepared to face the new scenario
efficiently and productively,” he said.
Referring to competencies of local contractors he said there are
several member companies in the Consortium who are pre-qualified to
compete in international competitive biddings in highways, bridges and
water supply and drainage projects.
Some members are even capable of building award winning high rises.
Still there is more room for improvement,” he said.
“If the gray areas are cleared more companies can take up the
challenges bringing in revenue and more employment to the country,” he
Goonatilake requested the Government to settle the longstanding
overdues to local contractors and motivate them to invest in research
and development of the sector and improve social recognition in all
Irrigation and Water Resources Management Ministry Secretary Ivon de
Silva said the Government is aware of the cash flow problem in the
industry as a result of the Government depending on foreign
Measures will be taken to resolve these problems gradually, he said.