Apr 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will declare open a Village of Reconciliation at Sathwirugama (Sanhindiyawe Sathwirugama)", a housing project built by the Sri Lanka Army at Kok-Eliya area in Vavuniya today.
The 51 new homes have been constructed through the "Api Wenuwen Api" house construction fund as a reconciliation gesture.
President Sirisena on Sunday during a ceremony, replete with Sinhala Tamil New Year rites and rituals is expected to hand over the keys of those 51 new houses to Tamil woman soldiers, Army personnel married to Tamil spouses, a soldier with seven children, and next of kin of the rape victim, Vidhya who was murdered several months back.
Army troops of the 56 Division of the Security Force Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W) and 4 Corps of Engineer Services (4 CES) through funds of the 'Api Wenuwen Api' house construction fund of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) have constructed the houses in the Reconciliation Village.
Each house erected in 40 perch land slots is worth about Rs 2 million in the 'Sanhindiyawe Sathvirugama', without any labor cost because of the involvement of troops.
Sri Lanka Navy has offered its assistance to prepare a new playground inside the complex while the Sri Lanka Air Force has undertaken the task of erecting a new children's park. Sri Lanka Army in addition to construction roles has promised to put up a community hall and the landscaping in the new house compounds with the support of all the regiments in the Army.