Sunday, 30 October 2011

Dispute with CATIC over Galle Face deal

The Chinese investor in a multifunctional complex near Galle Face Green has refused their advance payment (to the government) after the government‘s policy decision that land will not be sold outright to them.
CATIC or China Aviation Technology Import-Export Corporation has said that instead it would require land on outright purchase terms. It has said it did not favour a 99-year lease for the same property. 
Its demand comes amidst conflicting legal positions taken by the Chinese aircraft manufacturing firm and the government. CATIC has threatened to seek legal relief on the grounds that assurances of an outright sale of land were given to it. It also cites the case of Shangri-La Hotels, a project for which land encompassing the Army grounds has already been given.


(Source: Sunday Times)

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