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* Over 68,000 families living in slums in and around Sri Lankan capital to be resettled by 2017
Sun, Jan 5, 2014, 10:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 05, Colombo: The Urban Development Authority (UDA) of Sri Lanka will resettle over 68,000 families living in shanties or makeshift slums in and around Colombo within the next three years.

The government has planned to construct 68,812 housing units for almost all families living in shanties in the Colombo city and the UDA is currently in the process of completing 14,768 flats at around 20 housing projects in the city under the resettlement plan, head of the UDA's Urban Regeneration Project E. A. C. Priyashantha said.

He added that another 30,000 flats, each costing Rs. 3.5 million, would be added before the end of 2017.

The official explained that relocating families living in shanties into proper housing units will also help eradicate various vices including underworld activities that are now rampant in shanty areas. However, he added that the families will not be moved out from their original locations and the flats will be constructed in the same areas.

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