No blocking new constructions in former war zone, says Lanka
Last Updated: Sunday, December 19, 2010, 16:49
  
Colombo: Sri Lanka on Sunday clarified that it had no intention to halt foreign-funded construction work in the former war zones where the Indian government is building 5,000 new houses, after a media report said that new building activities are being put on hold.

A private newspaper reported today that the Economic Development ministry had stopped any new construction that could affect the Indian gift of 5,000 new houses.

Clarifying its stance, the ministry said it had no intention to stop or curtail reconstruction in the embattled northeast, but had asked state agencies to give priority to repairing damaged infrastructure and housing.

It denied plans to halt new construction work funded by foreign governments in the island's former war zones.

Besides building 5,000 new houses, India is repairing another 45,000.

"This (government circular) does not apply to on-going 50,000 housing project by government of Sri Lanka utilising a loan provided by the World Bank and proposed housing project donated by Government of India which also consists of construction of 5,000 new houses and repair of 45,000 houses," the ministry said.

The ministry said there are several hundreds of partly damaged buildings in the North and the repair of these buildings was an urgent need to strengthen civil administration.

It said there were some instances where new building construction has been undertaken without giving preference to reconstruction of damaged buildings.

"Therefore, instructions were to give priority to reconstruction of damaged buildings in North and East in future projects over construction of new buildings," the ministry said.

"But on-going new building projects shall not be affected due to the above decision," it said.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, December 19, 2010, 16:49


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