July 08, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received Cabinet approval to enter into an agreement with a UNOPS and UN‑Habitat led Consortium to build 25,000 houses for conflict affected families in Northern and Eastern provinces.
The government has earlier received the approval from the cabinet for the program to provide 50,000 traditional brick and mortar type permanent houses to conflict affected families in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
For this purpose, proposals were called for from the contractors and a Cabinet Appointed Negotiation Committee (CANC) and Procurement Committee (PC) appointed to study the proposals have recommended the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) led non‑profit oriented humanitarian organizations consortium for the construction of 25,000 houses under phase-1 in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
Under Phase I of the project, 25,000 housing units will be constructed at a cost of Rs.1.25 million per housing unit without VAT and NBT (Rs.1.46 million with the taxes).
Out of this construction of 15,000 houses will be commenced this year and completed within a period of 08 months while the balance of 10,000 houses will be completed in 2019.
Accordingly, the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to enter into the Agreement with the UNOPS and UN‑Habitat led Consortium for the construction of such houses, was approved by the Cabinet.