President Maithripala Sirisena vested 437 houses constructed under the ‘Niwasak Wenuwata Jivitayak’ programme implemented by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and the Urban Development Authority, with the people at the Siyapath Sevana new housing scheme in Dematagoda today (10). This housing project implemented with the aim of providing better housing facilities to the underprivileged people in the City of Colombo.
This housing project was launched under the programme to settle over 50,000 families living in 1,500 dwellings, under minimum facilities in Colombo city, in apartment complexes with all facilities. The housing complex has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 1,748 million.
Under this programme 1,874 houses built at a cost of Rs. 7,496 million during 2016 and 2017 and handed over to the people. In addition by the end of May, 2018 another 1,439 houses built at a cost of Rs. 5,756 million handed over to the people.
The Urban Development Authority is presently constructing 9,100 houses at a cost of Rs. 42,330 million, with the aim of handing them over to the public by 2020. These housing complexes will be constructed in the areas of Henamulla, Dematagoda, Angoda, Mattakkuliya, Maligawatta, Kolonnawa and Blue Mandel.
The new housing complex not only offers the facility to live in a new house, but also opens a new life as community development programs to uplift the livelihood of the people and to provide opportunities to develop skills on sports, education, health and leadership have been facilitated.
The president, who assigned the new housing complex to the people by unveiling the commemoration plaque, later engaged in an observational tour of the complex.
The “suhuru childhood development centre” in the housing complex was also observed by the President.
Then keys of 10 houses were handed over to the owners of the houses symbolizing the assigning of new houses to the owners.
Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Member of Parliament S.M.Marikkar, Mujibur Rahuman, Western Provincial Councilor Nishantha Sri Warnasighe, Chief Organizer for the Borella Electorate Attorney at Law, Ajith Pathirana, and Director General of urban Development Authority Sumedha Ratnayake and other public officials were present in this event.