Will make Colombo free of shanties: PM

25 July 2020 09:07 am - 30     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday a future Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) government would make Colombo free of shanties.

At a forum held at the Foundation Institute in Colombo, he said the yahapalana government showed no interest in going ahead with the project to resettle low-income dwellers at proper housing schemes.

“The programme to remove shanties and resettle these families at housing complexes was begun when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the then Secretary of Defence and Urban Development. A future government of ours will resume this programme and provide proper housing to low income families," the Prime Minister said.

He said the Colombo Port City was another project suspended by the yahapalana government. "Had the construction of the port city continued without disruption, most of the project could have been completed by now, providing employment opportunities to future generations," he said. By Lahiru Pothmulla

  Comments - 30

  • BigEars Saturday, 25 July 2020 09:12 AM

    Uncle, we have heard this story for the last 70 years.

    FF Saturday, 25 July 2020 09:25 AM


    Warren Raed Saturday, 25 July 2020 09:42 AM

    Shows how desperate you are for power. Why didn't you do it when you were the president for 10 years? You think we will believe you now? What a joker you are?

    Mark Anandappa Saturday, 25 July 2020 10:29 AM

    What have they done being the President for two terms

    Joshua Saturday, 25 July 2020 10:30 AM

    It is diyawsnaaawa that has to be cleaned of racists, robbers etc

    Samson Saturday, 25 July 2020 11:10 AM

    Politicians have been saying this for decades with no action or solution.

    Sokrates Saturday, 25 July 2020 11:20 AM

    Every government promised that the last 50 years

    Dee Saturday, 25 July 2020 11:26 AM

    What were you doing for 10 years? Planning on relocating all the dwellers from Colombo to hambantota?

    promiseonly Saturday, 25 July 2020 11:31 AM

    There are lot of promises by all the parties and one wonder from where the hell you are going to find the money for all these things. You make us to believe that this country will be a heaven after the election.

    Homeless Saturday, 25 July 2020 11:53 AM

    Consider giving shanties free of charge.

    BigEars Saturday, 25 July 2020 02:37 PM

    Thank You very much. As for me, make Colombo to what it was in 1948. Specially the Railway, bus Service, Water, Electricity and Gas. For the young reads of DM, Colombo has a pipe system for gas and we had a proper Gas Company.

    Ganesh Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:09 PM

    Getting ready to sell more land and make commissions?

    Lanka putha Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:10 PM

    Looks like no more land left to purchase in Colombo.

    jude Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:14 PM

    haha ! No thank you for your kindness, but we don't need no more debt to the world. Rather we live in a shanties. we are free and can sleep well.

    Gamani Raja Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:29 PM

    Good move

    Michael Ranasinghe Saturday, 25 July 2020 05:26 PM

    Your highness 50 years in politics twice PM and President and you only noticed the slums in Colombo today ?

    Godage Saturday, 25 July 2020 05:37 PM

    Lies, lies

    Mahesh Saturday, 25 July 2020 06:25 PM

    Looks like he has gone insane.. Recenty he insulted women now insulting and trying to chase away people from colombo.

    Buddhist Saturday, 25 July 2020 07:04 PM

    Why only Colombo shanties? You could not even give Rs 1,000- promised to estate workers, who can trust your words?

    Geoff Saturday, 25 July 2020 07:04 PM

    These people like the majority of the country are living under poverty line. They are not low income, but poor people living in deplorable third world conditions.

    janaka Saturday, 25 July 2020 07:09 PM

    you will be kicked away in this General Election , When the results are out you will be a heart attack.

    Renu Saturday, 25 July 2020 07:36 PM

    You were in power for 10 years ,

    ranjit Saturday, 25 July 2020 09:09 PM

    another plan to get some commission

    hoodwinker Saturday, 25 July 2020 09:24 PM

    That is provide you win,anyway more commis to your till

    Saman Saturday, 25 July 2020 09:57 PM

    Food items have shot up with the Rs.5000/= were given to a set called as the poor. So you can imagine how and from where they are going to do it and fill their pockets.

    parakum Monday, 27 July 2020 04:58 AM

    For the period you were the Prez, you allowed your KITH

    Odin Monday, 27 July 2020 07:08 AM

    'Enna, enna, menna aluthma aaranchiak: Onna, labeta idam wikunanna thiyenwa langadeema'!!!

    RP Monday, 27 July 2020 09:18 AM

    Sorry MR. Anyone with common sense knows your capabilities. Mattala Airport, Hambanthota Port, Jumbo entourage to foreign countries, denied visa to Air Lanka's equal partner Emirate's officer, resulted in break up of high flying Air Lanka. Mihin Air? Not quite sure who was the architect. How about 13 promise to India.....Please give all of us a break and retire!

    sacre blieu Monday, 27 July 2020 09:32 AM

    What has happened to the many poverty eradication programs and improvement of life for the shanty dwellers from the granting, over the many years, of constructed flats. When one goes by train on the up to Gampaha, there are numerous congested pathetic living in shanty conditions, and this appears to have gone on for many years.

    rmm Monday, 27 July 2020 08:22 PM

    if you don't get 2/3, you only need to do something good for Mr.Sampanthan like previous government offered him opposition post

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