New houses for 66,000 shanty dwellers
Aug 12, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Cabinet approval has been granted for a Cabinet memorandum presented by the Defence Ministry to relocate and provide new houses to 66,000 low income families now living in shanties located in valuable lands in the Colombo city and implement UDA’s project to develop those lands, Environment Minister and Acting Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said at the weekly Cabinet press briefing at the Government Information Department auditorium yesterday.
He said this was revealed in a recently conducted survey.
"The survey revealed that 66,000 low income families living in the city of Colombo and its environs, occupying very valuable land in a haphazard manner," he said.
According to Minister Priyadarshana Yapa, the UDA has formulated a project proposal to develop such valuable lands in stages to improve the living standards of the low income communities of the city.
Cabinet approval was also granted to the proposal made by the Defence Ministry for the issuance of UDA debenture to collect a sum of Rs. 5 billion in the first instance, for these development activities in Colombo and adjoining urban areas.