Says Hon. Minister, Champika Ranawaka at the MCUDP’s event held for handing over the home keys to project affected people
“Metro Colombo is suffering from long felt issues made by aged utility systems such as sewerage, water and drainage. Still we are using some of old utility systems built by British rule during colonial era. These systems are now being expired and could not be further used. Flood makes sewerage mix with drainage systems and propagates various health issues putting Colombo in to worst. At present low-income families who live in Colombo metropolitan areas are facing dozens of unresolved issues including flood, health hazards, educational barriers, limited accessibility for resources and other social complications which sometime link with the aged utility systems. The effort in addressing these issues is not easy and visible like constructing nice-looking carpet roads and buildings. MCUDP is making such a hard effort to regenerate the Colombo by addressing some of these issues” said Champika Ranawaka, Honorable Minister of Megapolis and Wester Development at the event organized for handing over the home keys to Project Affected People (PAP) of MCUDP.
Some of PAPs attended the program for receiving keys of their new houses which are given by the Government of Sri Lanka.
59 families received keys of their new houses to settle down in “Methsadha Sewana” at Henamulla under the special arrangement for shifting of PAPs from “Methsara Uyana” to the “Methsanda Sewana” housing scheme. The families were affected by the rehabilitation works of St. Sebastian south canal. Other 9 families who offered their land plots for Kolonnawa canal diversion also received the keys of their new houses.
Government has spent nearly Rs.272 Mn for the resettlement of these 68 families.
Eng. Mrs. A.H. Thushari, Project Director of MCUDP, Brigadier S.A.R. Samarasinghe, Project Director of Urban Regeneration Project and key staff members of the MCUDP participated the event with PAPs. The event was held in main auditorium of the “Sethsiripaya” Stage II on 31 December, 2018.