Slum dwellers are geared to get involved in the President’s programme of inheriting a new life to them in flats with the vast development that is taking place in the City of Colombo. The President’s target is to provide all basic facilities to the slum fraternity under the Colombo City beautification programme.
“Hete-watte” is a slum dwelling located in Colombo 07. It dates back to more than 100 years. The attention of authorities of the Municipality had not been drawn to this location for the past 100 years, although these dwellings are sited within Colombo 07, an area which adorns with luxury houses and where the affluent class lives. The dwellers at this site are looking with hope for the realization of the President’s policy of building flats on their native soil, providing a valuable service which had hitherto not been rendered.
President Rajapaksa recently said that he was prepared to make the dream of these dwellers of enjoying a new life with all basic facilities, come true.
The slum dwellers of not only the “Hete-watte” area, but in other locations will very soon be able to take lodging in new flats where they were born.