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President orders officials to approve housing within a day

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa directed officials to grant approval for properly prepared housing and small-scale business construction plans within a day.

Rigid regulations and time consuming process of approving construction plans pose great difficulties to the public.

Hence, it is a responsibility of the government to minimize the hardships faced by the people by simplifying existing rules and regulations said President Rajapaksa during a meeting with the officials of the entities which come under the purview of the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities held at the Presidential Secretariat today.

The President advised to authorize local authorities to approve plans and to pay attention to expedite the preparation of related provisions by other institutes.

President also directed that an official with a legal background be appointed to grant approval plans in the waiting list and issuing Conformity Certificate in a day was made mandatory.

The necessity of granting loans at a concessionary rate with a long re-payment period for those who are purchasing a house for the first time was also discussed.

President highlighted the importance of identifying investment opportunities available in each province and area and to obtain approval from government institutes and take steps to inform the same to the Board of Investments.

This process will encourage the foreign investors and give them the opportunity to commence their projects without undue delays.

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