President Rajapaksa has said that the Government is strongly dedicated to enriching civilian life in Colombo while beautifying the City.
The President told the gathering that the area in which they lived was their village. The city was now being developed. The Maldivian President has referred to the development that had taken place in Colombo and said the City was beautiful. It was also the same with foreign diplomats. They have not visited the slums. The President said he was aware of the real situation there. They lack all basic amenities and sanitary facilities. These threatened the health of the dwellers. He emphasized that these shanty dwellers will not be relocated. He will not renege on this pledge.
The President queried whether building a new house with all facilities to replace the shanty was improper. He assured that a house will be provided to them at the same dwelling place. The President called on them not to be misled by the false propaganda. The President re-assured that they would be given a better house at the same location where they dwell.
The President was addressing people of the Colombo Central electorate at Temple Trees last afternoon. He emphasized that efforts made by certain groups which have been rejected by the people to dupe the people would face defeat. As the Government honoured the pledge made to the people about the freedom of the country, the President noted that it would meet the promise of upgrading civilian life.
The meeting was organized under the guidance of United People’s Freedom Alliance Mayoral candidate for the Colombo Municipal Council Milinda Moragoda and candidate Mohammed Mahroof. Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Ministers Maithripala Sirisena and Gamini Lokuge, Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha and Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer were among those present.