Mar 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will continue to provide houses built by the Army to all the displaced families in Jaffna, a senior military official said.
Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna made this remark at a ceremony held in Jaffna to hand over new houses built in Nallinakkapuram to displaced families who were living in the welfare centers in Jaffna.
At the simple ceremony on Friday (10) at the newly-built Nallinakkapuram Community Hall 33 displaced families received ownership certificates in accordance with Hindu traditions. District Secretary for Jaffna Nagalingham Vethanayahan graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
Major General Senanayake in a brief address to the occasion told the gathering that the Army efforts to provide all displaced people in Jaffna with new houses would continue uninterrupted as per directions of the government.
‘Nallinakkapuram’, the newest Housing Complex is the second phase of the Keeramalai Housing Project which housed 100 displaced families in November last year in the first phase.
The completion of the project is a collective effort of the Joint Project Management Team (JPMT), which comprises technically qualified Army, Navy, Air Force personnel and members of the beneficiaries themselves who toiled day and night to finish the project within 60 days.
Each house, constructed in a demarcated 20-perch land block consists of two bed rooms, living and dining area, kitchen, toilet and a bathroom. Similarly, each house has the capacity to store drinking water in an overhead tank and is provided with electricity, easy roads, community center, space for shops, water purification unit, and a sewerage drain system to meet with required hygienic standards.
Each new house cost Rs 1 million for the government and those beneficiaries still living in welfare centers were selected on the recommendations of the Jaffna District Secretariat in close consultation with relevant Grama Seva officials.
Major General Senanayake said the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) will shortly begin the construction of 225 more houses in 'Mavankalladdi' area with the cooperation of the Navy and Air Force.