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* Prime Minister instructs officials to expedite reconstruction and rebuilding in flood -affected areas to bring back normalcy
Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 11:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today instructed officials to focus attention on implementing as an experiment a housing scheme of low height flats to provide dwelling facilities for the recent flood victims as a pilot project.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe informed the officials to carry on the initiative according to the willingness of the people in the relevant areas.

The Prime Minister gave these instructions during his meeting with Galle district Development Meeting held in Neluwa Regional Secretary's Office this morning. The object of the meeting was to inquire into the progress of measures to bring back normalcy to the Galle district subsequent to the flood disaster.

The Premier advised the officials to finances allocated without getting involved in the tender procedures when reconstructing totally damaged schools and essential roadways. The Secretaries can directly seek the assistance of the Treasury, he said.

He also instructed the officials to obtain as soon as possible reports on estimates of business places damaged and provide required relief to them, as well as to hand over the money personally and to make arrangements to enable them to carry out their business activities. The assessment reports on damaged business premises should be immediately convened and reconstruction work should be assisted as soon as possible, he said.

He also gave instructions to look into the uninsured stocks of tea which has become a severe problem for the tea factory owners. He has further instructed if Police stations have been reported as damaged, to reconstruct them with two storied buildings.

The Prime Minister explained that not only buildings and roads have to be reconstructed, the economy in the affected areas also has to be rebuilt. He said that the rural industries as well as the low country tea estates must be helped and if the money is provided for small enterprise businesses the economy will improve.

Considering the malfunctions of the hospitals Prime Minister Wickremesinghe emphasized the importance of providing additional alternative two power generators to rural hospitals.

Three months advance money was handed over to the people whose houses were damaged in Neluwa.

 


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