Minister Wimal Weerawansa has refuted allegations made by the Opposition that the Government was destroying slums in the Colombo City.
Te Minister opined that Colombo was now being transformed into City where upgrade dwellings prevail. Some leaders of political parties are instigating shanty dwellers within the city and are attempting to array themselves against this programme, which is aimed at upgrading their living standards. But the Minister said the sole purpose of their effort was to provide them proper dwellings. He added that they intend to convert Colombo into a City of Pride. The Minister was speaking at the handing over of aid to the low income group under the “Slum Free City” slogan. The loan recipients were also briefed on the project. 789 houses are planned to be built under the first stage.