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136 Urban Development projects to be completed by 2025

71,000 houses for rural low income earners
10,000 houses for estate sector
117 towns to be developed

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that 71,110 houses will be constructed for rural low income earners by 2024.

He said the houses will be constructed under the programme ‘Obata Geyak- Ratata Hetak’, an initiative to solve the housing problems of rural low income earners.

The Government is planning to complete 136 Urban Development plans by end 2024 in addition to the already completed 21 and almost completed 52 Urban Development plans, said Prime Minister Rajapaksa.

He said that the 117 towns have been selected under the Siyak Nagara (100 Cities) programme for the development of stagnated towns and it is already planned to develop another 100 towns under this programme during 2022. He added that in order to reduce traffic congestion in various towns 12 vehicle parks have been planned.

He added that the Urban Development, Housing and related subjects have recorded an improvement even amidst the drawback of development in many countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He made these observations joining the Committee Stage Debate for Financial Year 2022 under the Financial Heads of Urban Development and Housing Ministry, Urban Development, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness State Ministry, Rural Housing, Construction and Building Material Industries State Ministry, Estate Housing and Community Infrastructure State Ministry, Coast Conservation and Low Lying Lands Development State Ministry, Tourism Ministry and the Aviation and Export Zones Development State Ministry.

The Prime Minister said the intention of the Government is to provide each family with a house.

He added that the Government has constructed houses for Urban, Rural, Estate and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said in a bid to construct 50,000 housing units for those in the urban low facility dwellings, the Government has already constructed 14,083 housing units and handed them over.

He said that 1,108 Housing Units for the Middle Class were constructed and handed over this year. He added that another 6,128 housing units have been planned to be constructed by the Urban Development Authority in addition to the 928 housing units under three projects by the Urban Settlement Development Authority.

The Prime Minister also said that 71,110 housing units are to be constructed by 2024 as one in each 14,022 Grama Seva Niladhari Divisions every year for rural low income earners. He added that in addition three housing projects have been initiated under the Siyapatha Mahal Nivasa (Siyapatha Flats) to provide 100 housing units to each electorate. He added that 6,000 housing units are to be constructed to house the IDPs. He also added that the construction of 4,000 housing units has been already completed with the Indian funds to enhance the living standards of the Estate Sector workers.

He said that the construction of 10,000 houses for Estate Sector employees will commence with Indian funds in 2022. He said that the programmes to construct 2,000 housing units under the Mihindu Nivahana Project for the parents of the Venerable Maha Sangha is in progress.

The Prime Minister added that the Coast Conservation and the Coastal Park Development will commence to boost the tourism industry. He added that the Government’s focus is to prevent marine environmental pollution. A special programme has been implemented to reduce flooding in the Western Province and when it is completed, floods are expected to be minimized

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