More rehab assistance to the North
Massive reconstruction and rehabilitation assistance for the North is
in the pipe line from Japan, the European Union, the Asian Development
Bank, the World Bank and a very large extent of paddy land that remained
fallow over several years was to be brought under the plough this Maha
crop season, Vavuniya District Secretary Mrs. P.S.M. Charles told the
Daily News yesterday.
While a provision of 11 million US Dollars from Japan and 12 million
Euros from the European Commission for the rehabilitation and
renovations of resettlements has been made the Asian Development Bank
had assisted with US Dollars 250 million for the development of the
Vavuniya District, she said.
The Vavuniya Development Plan drafted by the Urban Development
Authority was approved by the Presidential Task Force and the UNDP had
shown their willingness to facilitate this project she further noted.
A modern sewerage treatment plant is to be started at a cost of 18
million US Dollars by the British NGO, OXFAM in collaboration with the
UNDP at Vavuniya while another sewerage plant similar to that was to be
funded by the Japanese Government was to be started at Thambamadu she
Monsoon rains have started and the resettled civilians have started
cultivating their paddy lands. About 4,000 acres in Vavuniya alone which
were abandoned for many years are being cultivated with much enthusiasm
as they have been provided with services like ploughing done by the army
and seed and agricultural implements provided by the Special Task Force,
Commenting on the progress of resettlement of IDPs she said nearly
150,000 IDPs have been resettled already and the balance were to be
resettled by January 31, 2010.