- Published on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:18
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The aim of the government is to uplift the living conditions of the people by providing them a better living environment said Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Monday (28) evening at an awareness programme conducted by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development for the beneficiary families of the proposed housing complex at Slave Island.
Under the project a total of 456 families and 90 commercial property owners who are presently residing at Justice Akbar Mawatha, Malay Street, Masjidul Jamiya Mawatha and Java Place in Slave Island, Colombo are to be bestowed with complete housing units and shop space.
The project will be handled by TATA Housing Development Company of India at an investment of $406 million. Work will commence this year and is expected to be completed within a period of two years. During the construction period each family will be paid a house rent.
The awareness programme organized under the direction of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development was held at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre in Colombo .
The Defence Secretary answering the questions raised by the housing beneficiaries explained that under the project the residents will move into a conducive environment away from their present underprivileged living conditions where their future generation will be able to live a better life. He further said that the residents who are unable to find proper houses for rent will be found with suitable places or will be provided with land to build temporary houses or the rent allowance be increased from the present Rs. 10000.00 to Rs. 35000.00 for a house of 400sq feet to Rs.12500.00 to Rs. 50,000.00 or can give their land towards the project and can get paid according to the value of their land.
He further assured that places of religious worship will be preserved and developed in keeping with the development plan.