In Colombo district:
Over 2,000 acres illegally occupied
*Proposal to construct 7,000 housing units
* Over 83,000 unauthorized, low facility houses
Construction, Engineering Services Housing and Common Amenities
Minister Wimal Weerawansa said yesterday that the extent of land in the
Colombo district occupied by unauthorized houses is 2,165 acres.
The Minister in a document tabled in response to a question raised by
UPFA Parliamentarian Thilanga Sumathipala noted that there were 83,237
unauthorized and low facility houses in the Colombo district. The
document also stated that the number of low facility houses constructed
in plots of land lesser than four perches in extent were 107,554. The
government has proposed in the budget to construct 7,000 housing units
with better facilities for slum dwellers, he said.
The document also noted that it is proposed to establish an Urban
Development Fund to meet relocation expenditure to implement urban
The document also noted that the budget proposed to provide housing
units with better facilities for these shanty dwellers and pavement
hawkers within the same localities they presently live and operate.