Re-awakening project for people in North and East
A re-awaking project has been launched with financial assistance from
the World Bank to expedite the ongoing rural infrastructure development
facilities in the Northern and Eastern provinces, the Project Director
P. H. Sugathadasa told the Sunday Observer.
The project was launched by the Ministry of Nation Building and
Estate Infrastructure Development. The main objective of the project is
to improve community livelihood in conflict areas in the North and the
East by providing them with facilities such as irrigation,drinking
water,sanitation and other needs of the people in the areas, he said.
The project will cover eight districts in the Northern and the
Eastern provinces and border areas of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa,
Moneragala and Puttalam, he said.
Meanwhile, a spokesmen for the Ministry of Rehabilitation and
Re-settlement said, "Over 90 per cent of displaced families in the
Eastern and Northern Provinces" have returned to their ancestral
villages during the past few months.
In the Batticoloa district, 28,961 persons have been re-settled at
Villaweli, 21,523 persons at Paddipoli, and 24,792 persons at Waunawe.
In Trincomalee district, 71 persons at Upparu, 706 persons Mutur, 643
persons Seruvila and 4,076 persons at Verugal have been resettled.
In addition 11,572 persons at Vakkari, 742 persons at Kadravali and
2,477 persons at Madurankerni have also been resettled during the last
few months. The re-awakening project launched by the Ministry of the
Nation Building with the help of the World Bank was a key rural
development project in the North and the East.
This project will assist in resettling families to re-commence their
livelihood in their ancestral villages, he said.