Sept 13, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday declared open a housing complex in a suburb of capital Colombo targeted for middle-income public, private sector employees who work in Colombo but cannot afford to reside in the capital city.
The Lake Crescent Residencies housing project in Mandawila, Mulleriyawa comprising 500 units was constructed under the Urban Regeneration Programme of the Urban Development Authority under the guidance of Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development.
Participating in the ceremony to vest the housing complex with the public, President Maithripala Sirisena said the present government has been able to make the program of providing a safe house with all the basic facilities to every family in the country a reality due to the housing policy implemented with a clear national plan.
Professionals, administrative officials, journalists, and technology officers who work in the private and public sectors in country’s main cities and semi-urban areas but are unable to afford reside in their work area are target groups of this project. It is significant that bank loan facilities are also arranged to purchase these houses.
The five storey housing complex is located in the five acres of land and these houses are equipped with modern facilities including drinking water, electricity, wide roads and water purification centers.
Each 44 - square meters house is composed of two bedrooms, visiting room, a bathroom with sanitary facilities, a kitchen and a balcony.
President Sirisena pointed out that, for the increasing population the lands will not expand comparatively, and as the land is needed for national food production and agriculture as well as securing the forest density while constructing buildings and houses, there is a clear need to implement a proper policy for constructing buildings.
Thus President noted that due to the clear policies the government has obtained major victories within the past three and a half years and issues which weren't having proper solutions until now were resolved.
Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Colombo District Member of Parliament S.M. Marikkar, Chairmen of Kolonnawa divisional secretariat Prasanna Solangaarachchi, and others were present in this occasion.