The Government is geared to embark on the programme of constructing one million houses.
Plans are being drawn up to build one million houses within five years. The programme will be mooted under the “Jana Sevana” housing programme targeting the homeless and families living with less facilities. These details surfaced during a meeting to review progress of the Ministry of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities. The meeting at Temple Trees was echaired by President Rajapaksa.
The construction industry should be increased from eight percent of the GDB to 12 percent to meet the target of the one million houses. Also, the President instructed officials of the Finance Ministry to adopt measures to maintain the interest rates of banks between Eight and 10 percent for the housing construction sector. He also gave instructions to solicit the contribution of Technologist engaged in the construction sector. 65,000 flats will be built on behalf of 51 percent of slum dwellers of the Colombo City in addition to 30,000 estate houses. All this work will be carried out according to the Mahinda Chintana policies. Instructions had been given for the National Housing Development Authority to coordinate the houses that will be built under the Ministries. The President told the relevant authorities to craft a programme to introduce low cost housing technology to the villages during the “Deyata Kirula” exhibition conducted in every District. Minister Wimal Weerawansa, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Ministry officials were present.