Pallekele and Hambantota stadiums have no seats, Dandeniya?

DS de Silva, Suraj Dandeniya and Nishantha Ranatunga will have you think that Pallekele stadium and Mahinda Rajapaksa stadium in Hambantota was completed for the World Cup. But the new SLC Chairman Upali Dharmadasa says months after the end of the World Cup, seats are yet to be fully installed at both venues.

The former interim committee, along with the World Cup director Dandeniya pulled a fast one on the public by stripping the Dambulla stadium of its seats and placing them as needed at venues during World Cup matches because their incompetence led to the delay in seats arriving in time for the World Cup.

De Silva, Dandeniya and Ranatunga have also left SLC completely bankrupt because they over-spent on their budget during the World Cup. The lack of finances meant they were unable to clear the seats from the Ports Authority – they have been sitting since March at the Ports Authority.

This is what Dharmadasa told the Daily Mirror (1/8/2011):

"The previous Interim Committee has ordered these chairs but we didn’t know about it until we get a debit note from Sri Lanka ports authority.

"It takes some time to clear these stuff from the port and our initial plan was to remove few number of seats from Dambulla Stadium on temporary basis and install them at Pallekele, until we get those chars cleared from the harbour. The biggest problem is we have no money to clear them.

"However, to prevent unwanted issues, I later spoke to Mr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama of Sri Lanka Ports Authority and [came] to an agreement that we get the three containers cleared from the harbour, on a bank guarantee.

"The former Interim committee did not clear the Cargo, and it had been lying in the Port for almost 5 months. SLC is now faced with a debit note of Rs. 4,279,393.00 being Ports demurred and shipping liner charges payable to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority as at 31 July 2011."

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