The President has stated that the people living in low income settlements in Colombo will not be removed.
Speaking before the residents of Colombo the President stated that new houses will be built in the same locations and the people will be made partners of progress. The President said that our eyes are primarily drawn towards the wider roads, pavements and beautiful areas in the city. But when one enters these settlements the scene is contrary to the city that one sees. He said that it should be decided whether these people should be permanently confined to the shanties. He said that they will not be taken to another area. The government will launch a programme to allow these people to live a more reasonable life by constructing flats in place of shanties.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed these views at a meeting held to ensure the victory of the Mayoral candidate of the UPFA for the Colombo Municipal Council Milinda Moragoda. Thousands had gathered for the meeting held at the Temple Trees. Addressing the people the President said that the aim of the government is to solve the problems of the people while beautifying the city.
The President further said that the people should rally round the government to provide an opportunity for their children to live in a more healthy environment and to create a better society.
Governor of the Western Province Alevi Moulana, Acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha and the candidates for the Municipal Council election led by Milinda Moragoda participated in the occasion.