Better living conditions for slum dwellers - Minister Lokuge | Daily News


 

Better living conditions for slum dwellers - Minister Lokuge

The Government has allotted Rs. 1.06 million to facilitate 15 families that have lost their source of income or are vulnerable due to being relocated from Obeysekarapura to the Siyapath Sevana Housing Scheme in Dematagoda.

Accordingly, Minister Gamini Lokuge yesterday handed over the relevant cheques to the 15 families at an event held at the Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facility Ministry premises.

Minister Lokuge assured that the government will take all measures to uplift the lives of slum dwellers by providing them with better living conditions.

The said allocations have been done in accordance with the Relocation Action Plan for the project which is to reposition 38 families from Obeysekarapura to the Siyapath Sevana Scheme, as part of the Urban Regeneration Project launched in 2010, a concept of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Urban Regeneration Project has presently given 15,855 houses for people in need.

The Urban Development Authority is presently carrying out the third phase of this Urban Regeneration Project with the assistance of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The third phase of the project which is worth USD 287 million centers on 5,500 family units, covering an area of 115 acres, under the guidance of the Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facility Ministry.

The UDA is to carry out a series of programmes to uplift the living conditions of the relocated families by coordinating between the families and social service and community service institutions, introducing programmes on new income sources, training on entrepreneurship, educating on investments and savings and establishing community based organizations. The Government expects to enhance the lives of the relocated families.


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