Rs. 2,500 m development drive for South
COLOMBO: The Government has embarked on an expedited mega development
drive for rural villages in the South for which Rs. 2,500 million has
been allocated in line with the Mahinda Chinthana 10-year development
According to the Ministry of Nation Building and Estate
Infrastructure Development, the allocation is to be utilised in 2,122
identified Grama Niladhari Divisions in three districts, under the Gama
Neguma programme, envisaged to propagate development in remote villages.
The programme expected to be completed before year end, is to target
infrastructure development, livelihood projects and education
initiatives aimed at spiritual development.
The development process is to be carried out in 896 Grama Niladhari
divisions in Galle, 650 in Matara and 576 in the Hambantota district.
According to sources the main focus would be on livelihood projects,
with the setting up of industries using locally based material in remote
villages to provide viable income earning opportunities for the rural
In addition, a new fishery harbour at a cost of Rs. 7, 900 million is
to be established in Dickowita, which is expected to propagate
development in this sector, specially in areas North of Colombo.
Ministry sources said that the proposed harbour to be located in a 13
hectare land would be equipped with modern technology according to
international standards with the Netherlands Government providing 65 per
cent of the total cost.
Also 10 other development initiatives have been mooted in several
areas in line with the Government’s ‘Development of Village Industries’
programme. This is expected to generate 2,500 direct employment
Accordingly three separate production factories are to be established
in Puttalam for brass products, steel nails and for hand woven material.
In Kundasale\Kandy two projects are to take place in the form of a
production facility for sweets and a factory for packaging products.
In Matugama two factories are to be established to produce cosmetics
and travelling bags. In Polonnaruwa a factory to produce rubber goods
out of recycled rubber is to be implemented with a facility to produce
polythene products to be established in Panadura. A large scale steel
production facility has been planned in Trincomalee and a paper bag
factory in Dankotuwa.
The Government has taken steps to implement another trade zone in
Galigamuwa/Kegalle at a cost of Rs. 175 million.
The project expected to be completed before the end of the year would
enable at least 3,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities and
is also expected to give prominence to local investors.