Siyasetha Sevana opens for urban dwellers
• The “Siyasetha Sevena’ multi housing scheme which was built for those who were living in the houses with less facilities in the area of the Colombo Municipal Council, was vested with people by President Maithripala Sirisena.
• The housing scheme, built with an investment of Rs. 1330 million consists of 266 housing units. The amount spent by the Urban Development Authority per one unit is Rs. 5 million.
• A house which is of 450 square feet consists of 2 bed rooms, a verandah, a kitchen and a balcony. The houses were also provided with required sanitary facilities.
• It is expected to provide 25, 000 housing units from 2016 to 2020, under the program ‘Divisaru Puravara’.
• Accordingly, the construction work for 19072 housing units has been started with an investment of Rs. 100 billion.
The housing scheme has been built under the program of ‘Divisaru Puravara’, carried out by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development. The residence of Tower Flats in Maligawatta, Velupullai Watta in Rajagiriya and Abeysingharama Road in Rajagiriya are the beneficiaries of this housing scheme.
In line with building this housing scheme, the road system will be expanded while infrastructure such as community halls will be provided.
The President who opened the housing scheme by unveiling of the plaque, made an observation tour in the premises. He symbolically handed over the keys of the houses.
The United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, in order to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul set in 1996.
In resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996.
Sri Lanka’s urban-rural linkages have been getting stronger during the last few decades owing to the village-based programmes of the government.
Sri Lanka’s population growth is one of the lowest in the region and urbanization in terms of increase of persons living in areas designated as ‘urban’ is low with population of Colombo City actually decreasing.
Also, Sri Lanka is one of the 1st countries to commit to the implementation of an “enabling strategy” in human settlements development.
We have played an active role in the deliberations of this august agency – the UN – Habitat for many years and were responsible for mooting the declaration of an International Year of Shelter for the Homeless (IYSH) in 1987.
Therefore, we in Sri Lanka are proud to be associated with the new moves and strategies developed and launched by UNCHS.
The USD 44 billion Western Region Megapolis Masterplan (WRMM) is actually designed to relocate the under privileged city dwellers in to comfortable and affordable housing with proper sanitation facilities for the country to step to the higher income category by 2030.
In this grand transformation the opportunities for housing and construction are immense and overseas investors should partner with OSL to come in on the PPP investment model now.
For further clarifications please feel free to consult the biz-friendly OSL Team now.
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