Five thousand new houses will be provided for low income families in the Colombo city before the end of this year.

Senior advisor of the Urban Development Authority Weerasena Adhikari says that 5,000 more houses will be constructed and handed over to the low income families in Colombo city before the end of this year. These houses are being constructed under the 60,000 new houses project. Participating in a media briefing in Colombo today, he added that the programme is being carried out without any racial or religious differences. This fact has been amply demonstrated through the recently opened Mayura place housing project in Wellawatte.
40 housing units were provided to the Muslim community and a further 50 to the Tamil community. Only six Sinhala families received houses at this housing project. Head of project planning of the authority E.A.C. Priyashantha says that the Sirisaanda Sevana housing complex with 366 houses will be declared open at Cyril C. Perera Mawatha, Colombo on the 17th of this month. The President will declare open two housing projects with 1,148 houses in Wanathamulla on the 27th of this month. The government’s aim is to remove all shanties in the Colombo city by the year 2020.
Army media spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya all foreigners who tour in the north and east including Jaffna should obtain prior approval from the ministry of defence

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