Meeting held to educate sponsors of 'Virusumithuru' Housing Project
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.