Facelift for Delft on Presidentís order
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the authorities to provide
all facilities to Delft Island, Traditional Industries and Small
Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda said.
He was chairing the Velanai Divisional Secretariat Division
Development Council meeting recently. Devananda said that the President
had instructed to provide all facilities needed by Delft Island as the
government had won the recently held local government election with a
percentage more than it won in the Hambantota district.
All main roads will be developed and manpower will be obtained from
people in Delft Island, he added.
He also instructed the officials to increase the frequency of the
trips to and from the island by Northern Star and Kumudini ferries and
to maintain a satisfactory CTB bus service.
The minister also made arrangements to provide the services of a
medical officer, two nurses, sanitary labourers and a driver for the
Delft District Hospital ambulance. Rs. 100,000 for the rehabilitation of
drinking water wells to the Delft Pradeshiya Sabha, rehabilitation of
three tanks and 53 ponds for the use of animals in the area too would be
immediately attended to, Devananda said.
He said that in addition to providing 329 modern houses constructed
by the Navy in turn of 10 houses per month to 329 homeless families, a
three acre block of land would also be allotted to them to grow
Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Ministry
Secretary S Sivagnanasothy said Ministers Devananda and Basil Rajapaksa
had set aside Rs 50 million to develop the Delft Island.
Northern Governor Major General G.A. Chandrasiri and Navy Commander
of the North Rear Admiral Ravindra C. Wijayaguruge also spoke.