Slum dwellers not removed from Colombo:
Houses for slum dwellers
buildings to be built:
*Rs 950 mn to build 500 housing units
The government will spend over Rs 950 million to build 500 housing
units for slum dwellers in Colombo city, a Construction, Engineering
Services, Housing and Common Amenities Ministry spokesman said.
“It is clear that the government has no intention of removing the
low-income groups from Colombo but intends to uplift their living
standards,” the spokesman said.
The Cabinet has approved a proposal forwarded by the President to
build two 10 storeyed buildings, including 500 housing units in
Dematagoda area at a cost of Rs. 952.62 million for these low income
Under the resettlement programme, the construction of 320 housing
units out of 1000 units have already been completed, he said. These have
been allocated to families living in the Slave Island area. Nearly 60
percent of the work in another block is also being completed.
“The government has pledged that no low-income family residing in
Colombo will be evicted from the city. They will be provided with better
quality residencies,” he added.