UDA to acquire land in Colombo

The Cabinet has approved a proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development to vest identified blocks of state land in 15 locations in the city of Colombo to be utilized for the purpose of constructing housing units for the undeserved people of the city of Colombo, as Free Grants with the Urban Development Authority.

Cabinet spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that Urban Development Authority is to construct 65,000 housing units to resettle shanty dwellers living in under-served settlements in the City of Colombo.

He said the UDA will construct high rise apartments with all common amenities to resettle the families and to free those sites for commercial and mixed development projects, in keeping with the City of Colombo Development Plan.

The Urban Development Authority has already awarded contracts to build 9,781 housing units under 11 projects within the City of Colombo, where the work is in progresses and is intended to complete construction within the next 2 years.