The government will launch two housing projects by the end of this month to provide houses for 55,000 families before end of the 100-day program.
The two projects to construct 50,000 and 5,000 houses under the "Sevana Aramudala" fund will start on the on the 30th and 31st of this month respectively. These projects will be carried out under the National Housing Development Authority.
The Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority L. S. Palansuriya said the objective of starting these programs early is to complete it before the end of the 100 days program of the government.
A separate committee will be appointed under District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries to select lands required for construction of houses. Already, the beneficiaries of the houses under the two projects have been identified.
The 50,000 houses construction project will cover 160 electorates and 300 beneficiaries from each electorate will be selected to receive houses.
Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Sajith Premadasa said Rs. 5 billion will be deposited in a fund for the project. The required funds for this project will be obtained from philanthropists and several have already come forward to contribute. The Minister on the first day of assuming duties has contributed Rs. 10 million for the fund.
Mr. Palansuriya said that on the forthcoming Independence Day holiday on February 4th, all officials of the Housing and Samurdhi Ministry will contribute their labor for the project and the Minister Premadasa is also scheduled to participate in the endeavor.
Under the 5000 Houses Project, The ministry will provide each family with financial assistance of Rs. 100,000 as a low interest loan to repair their houses.
Minister Premadasa also said the One Million Housing Programme started by the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa will also recommence.