Meeriyabedda: New homes by August
Seventy five houses will be constructed in Poonagala for families
displaced in the Meeriyabedda landslide. The Army has been deployed in
the construction work, the Sunday Observer learns.
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Construction work on four model houses has already been completed.
Land development work for 15 more houses have also reached the final
stages, Plantation Infrastructure Development Ministry Secretary, V.
Sivagnanasothy told the Sunday Observer yesterday. He said the Army has
deployed up to 140 personnel in this project.
Construction work on the rest of the planned houses is expected to
commence early this week after the delivery of building materials to the
site. The Badulla District Secretariat is supporting the implementation
of the project.
Earlier, Melvin Estate had been selected but because the site was not
suitable it was shifted to Poonagala by the new Government,
Access road development work is progressing.
The construction work is due to be completed by August and the houses
will be handed over to the beneficiaries by the end of August. Each
housing unit will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.2 million and will
be provided to beneficiaries free of charge, he said.
"It took some more time to purchase materials and to get the approval
from the National Building Research Organization (NBRO)," the Secretary
The contractor deployed by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) is
now engaged in the land development work, he said. The land development
work and construction of the remaining 56 houses is expected to commence
soon, Sivagnanasothy said.
Already 125 Army personnel have been deployed in the site and expect
another 75 will be brought to the site to expedite the construction
work, he said.