The President has said that he is prepared to remove the concept of shanties and provide better housing for all in order to create a good society.
The work-force that helps to maintain Colombo city clean visited Temple Trees today on an invitation of the President. They were the first such group to receive an invitation from a head of state. They had the opportunity to receive New Year gifts from the President. 1,700 workers representing the Abans, Burnes and Care Clean organizations arrived at the Temple Trees today.
The President said that if the life style of the shanty dwellers can be changed by providing them better housing and a good environment. Through this not only would they become strong individuals but the younger generation would also be intelligent and disciplined. He said that his main expectation is to see them lead better and healthy lives despite for whom they will vote. A massive programme to reclaim land from the sea off the Galle Face, adding 500 Acres to the Sri Lankan map will be launched in November. The President said that this programme will be completed within 2 years. The President greeted the group and held a luncheon for them. They said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only leader who added such value to them. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Parliamentarians and Special Commissioner of the Colombo Municipal Council Ommar Kamil were amongst the officials who were present.