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Rs. 1,500 m housing project to solve shelter problem

COLOMBO: The Government will implement a massive housing project at a cost of Rs. 1,500 million to end the prevailing shelter problem countrywide and to cater to housing needs of those who live below the poverty line, National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) Chairman Mohammed Rafeek told the Daily News.

He said the project will be implemented by the NHDA with financial assistance and guidance from the Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry. Rafeek said the project will be implemented in two different categories. One will be implemented under the Neganahira Navodhaya national programme and the second under the plantation sector housing programme.

He said 3,458 housing units costing Rs. 500 million will be constructed for estate workers in place of the line rooms under the plantation sector housing programme while 10,000 housing units at a cost of Rs. 1,000 million will be constructed Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee districts under the Neganahira Navodhaya programme. He said proposed plantation sector housing project will be implemented by the NHDA in 13 districts.

The proposed housing project will come up in Colombo, Kalutara, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle, Matara, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Badulla, Monaragala, Ratnapura, and Kegalle, he added.

Under this programme a beneficiary family will be allocated Rs. 150,000 including a Rs. 50,000 grant, Rafeek said.

He said 876 housing units will be constructed under the Samurdhi Model village project under the Mahinda Chinthana national programme to mark the NHDA’s 29th anniversary. This project will also be implemented by the NHDA with the guidance of the Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry.

The housing project will be implemented as an integrated housing programme in Padukka, Naula, Gagawatta, Walapane, Kamburupitiya, Sooriyawewa, Mundalama, Kantale, Thamankaduwa, Sevanagala, Akmimana, Divulapitiya, Uva-paranagama, Ibbagamuwa, Kiriella, Warakapola, Kahatagasdigiliya, Ingiriya and Sammanthurai Divisional Secretariat Divisions.

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