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