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The re-accommodation of Colombo slum dwellers in the city itself will be treated as a special case by the government and therefore all 65,000 families living in so called garden tenements or ‘wattes’ will be re-located to spacious housing schemes with better facilities, the UPFA said today.

Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva addressing a UPFA news briefing held in support of Colombo Mayoral candidate Milinda Moragoda stressed that slum dwellers including illegal squatters will be provided with houses instead of their congested and unhygienic slums in a phase by phase basis.

“It seems the UNP does not want this to happen. They want to keep these low income families in their shanties forever with their brand name of Ethiopia, Bosnia or Tamil Nadu because with that degrading brand name they can be easily sidelined,” Minister De Silva said. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • LIMA Wednesday, 28 September 2011 09:38 AM

    Ask where they are going to re-locate , it should be withing their own municipal limits and not outside their vote base municipal limits ,

    izmie Wednesday, 28 September 2011 09:54 AM

    An election gimmick, tell us where they will be relocated. Because these lands will be sold to foriegn companies the people will be recloted outside colombo m.c. after the elections.

    ruwan Wednesday, 28 September 2011 10:21 AM

    I can't believe this. All of sudden we change our agenda from "Miracle of Asia" to building houses to slum dwellers.

    ruwan Wednesday, 28 September 2011 10:21 AM

    I can't believe this. All of sudden we change our agenda from "Miracle of Asia" to building houses to slum dwellers. Then please keep your promise by relocating the people who were remove to IIFA.

    Kolamba Kolla Wednesday, 28 September 2011 10:29 AM

    We would have believed you had you told this before the CMC Election was announced.


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