Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has said that housing programmes will be launched so that it would be beneficial to the people. The Prime Minister said that they had to provide houses on behalf of groups forcibly evacuated from houses in the Colombo region under the previous regime.
The Prime Minister was expressing these views at a function held to grant the entitlement of a new house to the family of Sasanka Jagath Alwis, a student of Royal College Colombo who faced a coma situation.
The student Sasanka Jagath Alwis was detected unconscious in a swimming pool while he was attending a scout training camp. The incident happened on 02nd March in the year 2013. From the onwards he is in a coma condition in the hospital. A decision has been taken to dismantle their house located in Kollupitiya as a result of a road development project. Following the helpless situation experienced by the family of Sasanka, action was taken to provide a new house under the guidance of Minister Sajith Premadasa.
Minister Sajith Premadasa said that they were gifting a house worth 3.5 million rupees on behalf of the family of the student.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe entrusted the entitlement of the new house to the mother and sister of Sasanka Jagath Alwis at Temple Trees today. Also the Prime Minister instructed the officials to take the necessary future measures.
The Prime Minister said that many had lost their houses as they have been forcibly evacuated. As such they have to provide houses to these families and others in other places. When a town is being developed, the lands in the area have to be used for other benefits. He said they planned to implement the housing programme so that it would be beneficial to the people.
The mother of student Sasanka expressed her gratitude for the provision of a new house to them.
Former Minister Rosie Senanayake was present on the occasion.