Aug 28, Colombo: The Prime Minister and Minister of Urban Development & Housing Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday instructed to prepare a formal urban development plan separating business and residential areas for all cities in the island.
Participating in the progress review meeting held at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Suhurupaya, Battaramulla the PM instructed the officials to ensure that the residential areas reserved for the people in the urban areas are not affected by anyone and not reserved for business premises.
The Prime Minister also drew the attention of the officials to the formulation of a program to prevent the discharge of garbage into the rivers as a measure to prevent the discharge of waste into the sea.
The Prime Minister pointed out to the State Engineering Corporation the importance of focusing on competitive private sector development projects in addition to government development projects.
The Prime Minister, who ordered to look into the unfinished projects during the previous government and complete them for the benefit of the people, expressed surprise that some housing projects had been built without any responsibility even inside the elephant corridor.
The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing is to implement Rs. 28 billion worth of development projects in the next four months.
Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing Sirinimal Perera expressed confidence that all institutions that became loss-making due to irregular appointments and activities during the previous government will be transformed into profit making institutions before December 31.
Although the monthly income of the State Land Corporation is 90 million rupees, its monthly expenditure is as high as 166 million rupees due to irregular appointments made during the previous government, the ministry secretary said.
It was revealed at this progress review meeting that the total number of houses constructed under the Urban Development Authority during the last four and a half years is less than 450.
Director General of the Urban Development Authority, Prasad Ranaweera said car parks will be constructed targeting major cities in Colombo, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Matara and Kurunegala, said the.
Mr. Ranaweera said the responsibility of disposing the garbage collected by the local government bodies has been handed over to the Urban Development Authority and the President has appointed a committee to look into the matter.
In the future, housing projects will be implemented under the guidance of the Ministry targeting low income, middle class, high income people and public servants.
Mr. Prasad Ranaweera said that 1400 new flats have been constructed to provide shanty dwellers free of charge and new housing projects will be implemented in the areas where the shanties used to be.
In addition, 608 houses have been constructed for middle class public servants and another 800 houses are to be completed for public servants in 2021.
In addition to these housing projects, 3300 houses that can be applied for and purchased by any individual will be constructed in the future under 10 projects, said Mr. Ranaweera.
The National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) has so far constructed 8701 houses and expects a revenue of Rs. 6 billion from the Housing Development Authority (NDA) next year, said its chairman Renuka Perera.
Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, State Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation Waste Disposal and Community Sanitation, Indika Anuruddha, State Minister of Rural Housing and Construction and Building Industry Promotion and senior officials from ministries and government agencies were present.