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Government provides 152-unit housing scheme to informal settlers

The 152-unit housing scheme.
The 152-unit housing scheme.

The government vested a 152-unit housing scheme with people who were living in informal settlements in Slave Island, last Thursday. The housing scheme, which was built on a land provided by the Sri Lanka Railways Department, was opened by Secretary to the Urban Development Ministry, Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrema.  

The project was initiated under the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and was supervised by the Urban Development Authority. It was carried out as a joint effort with the Pakistani company Empyreal Builders (Pvt.) Ltd.  

Twenty-eight official quarters of the Railways Department were levelled for the project, and, in return, the UDA set up 40 new units in a different location. A new mosque and Muslim school was also built as a side project under this programme.  Secretary to the Urban Development Ministry, Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrema, said that the government plans to provide housing schemes to Colombo residents living in informal settlements, within the next five years. Urban Development Authority Director-General Prasad Ranaweera was also present at the inauguration ceremony. 


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