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* First phase of the 'Nagamu Purawara' project to uplift Sri Lanka capital completed
Wed, Mar 17, 2010, 09:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 17, Colombo: The first phase of the 'Nagamu Purawara' development project aimed at uplifting the capital city of Sri Lanka has successfully been completed.

A progressive meeting was held today at the Temple Trees with the participation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss the progress of the project.

The program launched by the President on February 21 to provide basic amenities for underserved settlements in the city of Colombo has been implemented rapidly.

The project aimed to replace the slums and dilapidated housing schemes to suitable dwelling places, provide sanitary and common bathing facilities, and to develop adequate waste and drainage facilities, access roads, power, and drinking water facilities.

According to the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) a total of 1,492 under-served settlements in Colombo city have been identified for development and 354 settlements will be speedily developed with the Phase I of this programme.

Development work on 91 of the 354 projects will be carried out by the NHDA which has made arrangements to identify the urgent projects in different locations in Colombo city and will commence development work shortly, it said.

Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunge, Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Sacred Area Dr. P. Ramanujam were also present.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva)

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