HE the President of Sri Lanka Mr. Maithripala Sirisena ceremonially declared opened “Sugaladevigama” Model Village in Polonnaruwa district yesterday (03rd October) to commemorate the World Habitat Day – 2016.
The World Habitat Day celebrations were held from 1986 and this year World Habitat Day celebrations will celebrate 30 years of the annual celebrations. The United Nations has declared “Housing at the Centre” as the theme of this year’s World Habitat Day. Sri Lanka has continuously celebrated the World habitat Day more meaningfully and productively for the last 03 decades with the guidance of Ministry of Housing and Construction.
With the celebration of the World Habitat Day - 2016, on the invitation of Minister of Housing and Construction Mr. Sajith Premadasa, HE the President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena ceremonially declared opened “Sugaladevi Model Village” in Polonnaruwa which comprises 25 new houses with all the infrastructure facilities, electricity, road network and water etc.
At the opening of the model village, addressing the World Habitat Day – 2016 public gathering, HE the President stated that the year 2017 has been declared as “the Year for Alleviation of Poverty” and the government will give priority to build houses for the poorest of the poor community.
The land rights and the home ownership for all family householders in Sugaladevi Model Village, housing grants for 600 kidney patients, cement grants for 200 beneficiary families, tool kits for 250 Shilpa Saviya trainees and some other donations were distributed among the recipients by HE the President at this event. The total financial grants centered upon the model village opening in commemoration of the World Habitat Day – 2016 is Rs. 330M.
The Minister of Housing and Construction Mr. Sajith Premadasa , Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction Mr. Indika Bandaranayake, Chief Minister of North Central Province Mr. Peshala Jayarathne, State Minister of Irrigation, Water Management Mr. Wasantha Senanayake and thousands of public gathered to grace this event.
The government of Sri Lanka has declared Habitat Week from 03rd to 10th October and the National Housing Development Authority has made arrangements to carry out lot of shelter-related activities in the settlements and workshops and awareness programmes for the school children, youths and women in all parts of the country.