Housing Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa said today his ministry would launch housing projects called Udagama to be named after past leaders of the country, be they dead or alive. He said one such Udagama would be named after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He told a news conference 'Gam Udawa or the Village re-awakening programme' initiated by his father the late President R. Premadasa, would be re-launched by the middle of this year.
While addressing the media, he said that a newly constructed village called ‘Sanhindagama’ would be opened on next Sunday in Hambantota.
“The Sanhindagama village consists of thirty houses including all infrastructure facilities. We are hoping to build villages to be named after all former presidents and rulers of Sri Lanka,” the Minister said.
He said housing loan facilities would be introduced for the first time for state sector employees by the National Housing Development Authority(NHDA).
A decision was taken to give priority to the defence sector, he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
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Comments - 19
Grandpa Friday, 22 April 2016 09:48 AM
And in another 15-20 years time. MR will be???
waco Monday, 25 April 2016 03:33 PM
Good move. Please look-after the defence personalities.
Stunned Citizen Thursday, 21 April 2016 04:47 PM
Does this mean he and his family is absolved from all suspected scandals. What about the Airport, Port that were named after his highness?Why not name it after the fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price.
Veda-mama Thursday, 21 April 2016 05:03 PM
Nothing wrong in naming the villages "In Memory Of .....", including your father. Not only the Kings and State Rulers, but gallant fighters who gave their Tomorrow for our Today.
Jagath Leanage Thursday, 21 April 2016 05:21 PM
Suitable name will be, either Mahida Pura or Mahind Pora.
Robert Thursday, 21 April 2016 05:39 PM
There is no point in naming them under formerpresidents cos the country has only gone behindand not forward.
ANTON Thursday, 21 April 2016 05:42 PM
HA HAAA .... "MAAARA GAMA" .... "SATELLITE GAMA""SIRAA GAMA" ........
Gamarala Thursday, 21 April 2016 06:15 PM
Also dont forget Narigama Dudgama bindugama banisgama Horagama via DM Android App
Shan Thursday, 21 April 2016 06:33 PM
What about Hora Gama
Mervin Friday, 22 April 2016 02:09 PM
I think this Minister does not have any work to do.
S B Lokuge Friday, 22 April 2016 02:22 PM
Will they be worried about fallen heros when the living heroes are in custody?
Prem Nath Tuesday, 26 April 2016 03:12 PM
It seems MR is more popular than RW,and MS when one sees how many politicos are talking about him the whole day and night,for any given reasons.
alex Thursday, 21 April 2016 08:46 PM
Would he ever erect even a tombstone in your name? He is the man who removed the name of Mr.Ananda Kumaraswamy and renamed the road as nelumpokuna mw. He is the man who spent millions of poor peoples money to construct a mausoleum in Madamulana in the name of Rajapakses.he has branded enough places in his name spending people's money.
vithura Thursday, 21 April 2016 09:30 PM
Never name lanes, streets, roads, villages or whatever after corrupt politicians, that will certainly set a very bad example for the future generations.
Lanka Watch Friday, 22 April 2016 01:49 AM
He is a survivor. The minister knows that the next govt. willbe run by MR.
Neville Friday, 22 April 2016 04:36 AM
Looking forward to be a minister in MR's future government if it comes to power!
thilan Monday, 25 April 2016 12:15 PM
He is thinking as he is doing a big thing. This is nothing compared to what Mahinda did. Dont underestimate him naming villages to him.
sacre blieu Friday, 22 April 2016 08:53 AM
Seems a good initiative, but the genuine needy should not be shut out or marginalized by overdoing the preference to certain privileged sections.
Sapu Friday, 22 April 2016 09:05 AM
Dont be delusional. All presidents will be given villages named after them/ But MR doesnt deserve as he named them after himself in past
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