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DateLine Sunday, 19 August 2007

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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.

 

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