Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (Oct. 30) laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new housing scheme for government servants at Borella, Colombo.
The housing complex comes as a result of the President's visionary 'Mahinda Chintana' manifesto of providing shelter to all families. The housing project for government servants is being carried out under the guidance and direction of Secretary Defence and Urban Development.
The 21 storied apartment complex will include 608 housing units and come in two categories. The 650sq ft two bedroom unit will cost Rs.7.7 million while the 3 bedroom, 800 sq ft unit will cost Rs.8.9 million. Each unit will include a kitchen, living area and modern bathroom facilities. In addition the floors will be fully tiled.
Speaking at the event Mr. Rajapaksa said this project is being implemented as a measure to address the burning issue of housing for state sector employees from out stations serving in Colombo. And the project aims at providing housing solutions for beneficiaries at affordable prices, he said.
He noted that even though there are such housing schemes built by the private sector but are out of the reach of the average state sector employee therefore it is expected to provide high quality modern houses at affordable price ranges.
The housing complex will be built in a 2.5 acre block of land belonging to the Urban Development Authority at an estimated cost of Rs.4,499 million. Construction will be carried out in conforming to highest international quality standards. The project is implemented under the by the Urban Regeneration Programme of the UDA.
In keeping with the eco-friendly clean green open city concept an eco-garden with a children's park, and sports facilities are some of the luxuries that residents will get to enjoy at this unique housing complex. All infrastructure facilities will be completed along with the construction of the apartment complex.
Professionals who have completed 10 years of government service and officials with not less than 15 years of service and do not possess a house of their own are eligible for obtaining houses.
The scheme is a boon to government servants from out stations who serve in the Colombo region. It not only provide proper housing in the city but also ease the burden of commuting to work and save travelling expenses as well.