Free houses for families relocated due to the development of Kelani Valley railway line

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –The Government says 192 families who were relocated due to the expansion project of Kelani Valley railway line will be given new houses free of charge.

The new apartment complex “Kolomthota Sarasavi Uyana” consisting of 528 houses constructed for the low income people at Kalinga Mawatha, Polhengoda, Colombo 05 is to be declared open to the public on Wednesday under the patronage of the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Urban Development and Housing.

The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing states that this low income housing project has been constructed by the Urban Development Authority on the instructions of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa based on the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Vision of Prosperity ‘ policy statement.

Two buildings, each consisting of 192 apartments have been constructed and one building with 192 hoses have been given to the families living on Kalinga Mawatha who have given the lands for this housing scheme on a concessionary payment scheme. Rs. 1 million will be charged from a family and the concessionary amount can be paid in installments within 10 years and no interest will be charged for this.

The building with the remaining 192 houses has been given free of charge to the unauthorized occupants who were evicted during the expansion of the Kelani Valley Railway Line.

Out of the total 528 houses, 144 houses are to be given to the University of Colombo to be used as a hostel for 800 students of the University.

The gross value of one house in this housing project is around Rs. 7 million. Built at a cost of Rs. 1.9 billion (tax free), these 528 houses each have 02 bedrooms and 450 square feet with all facilities. It also has 11 floors including the ground floor.

The houses have been constructed by Maga Engineering Pvt. Ltd. on a 01 acre, 03 rood and 13 perch land under the supervision of the State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka. There is a public parking facility for homeowners. All sanitary facilities have been provided and a waste disposal program has been implemented in collaboration with the Colombo Municipal Council.

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