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Meeting held to educate sponsors of 'Virusumithuru' Housing Project

Meeting held to educate sponsors of 'Virusumithuru' Housing Project

[March 14 2017]


State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene chaired a special meeting with state and private sector representatives to obtain their support for the 'Virusumithuru' housing project, at the Ministry today (14th March). Secretary to the State Ministry of Defence Mr. APG Kithsiri was also present at the meeting held this morning. The 'Virusumithuru' housing project is being carried by the State Ministry of Defence and the Rana Viru Seva Authority.

A special introductory presentation was done in order to educate those present of the project during the meeting. Addressing the meeting State Minister Wijewardene said that after eight years since the end of the Humanitarian Operations when the memories of that dark era are slowly fading away the memories of the people, it is the sacrifices of the tri forces that brought an era of peace to the country that we are all enjoying now. He revealed that there are more than 3000 War Heroes who are in need of houses and it is our duty to provide them assistance. The President has also advised us to take immediate measures to address this issue in collaboration with the private sector. The State Minister requested the contribution of all those present to make this ambitious project a success.

During the meeting a sum of Rs. 6 million was presented towards the 'Virusumithuru' housing project by David Peiris Co Ltd. The cheque for the donation was presented to the State Minister by the General Manager of the company Mr. TMJK Ratnayake. The State Minister in turn handed over it to the Chairperson of the Rana Viru Seva Authority, Mrs. Anoma Fonseka.

Senior Ministry and Rana Viru Seva Authority officials and company representatives were also present at the occasion.

The 'Virusumithuru' housing project is aimed at providing housing assistance to fallen War Hero families and disable War Heroes. Housing assistance is provided in the form of providing new houses or assistance to complete partly built houses. A new house is built at a cost of Rs. 1.6 million. Each unit has an area of 816 sq. feet with two bedroom, living area, kitchen and sanitary facilities. In addition, assistance is provided up to the value of Rs. 7 hundred thousand to complete partly built houses.

Under the project a total of 3650 houses, including 1950 new and 1700 partly built houses are to be completed within the next five years. The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 3190 million with Rs. 2340 million for constructing new houses and Rs. 850 million for completing partly built houses.


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