17th March 2017 19:55:12 Hours
‘Nallinakkapuram’, the newest Housing Complex, which provides 33 new houses for one more segment of most deserving displaced families, continuing to languish in Jaffna-based welfare centres, was vested in the beneficiaries on Friday (10) during a simple ceremony at the ‘Nallinakkapuram’ Community Hall.
This new Housing Complex, an extension of the Keeramalai Housing Project as its Phase - II which housed 100 displaced families a few months ago, saw its successful completion as a collective effort of the Joint Project Management Team (JPMT), comprised of technically qualified Army, Navy, Air Force personnel and members of the beneficiaries themselves who toiled day and night to finish the project within 60 days.
Each new house cost Rs 1 million for the government and those beneficiaries still living in welfare centres were selected on the recommendations of the Jaffna District Secretariat in close consultation with relevant Gramaseva officials.
Friday’s handover ceremony, graced by Mr. Nagalingham Vethanayahan, District Secretary for Jaffna as the Chief Guest was organized by the project’s heavyweight, Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna who was also the live-wire behind the realization of the Keeramalai project earlier on the directions, given by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva.
The simple ceremony on Friday (10) at the newly-built ‘Nallinakkapuram’ Community Hall distributed ownership certificates to the beneficiaries in accordance with Hindu traditions.
Mr. Nagalingham Vethanayahan, District Secretary for Jaffna, Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna and Brigadier Mervyn Perera, General Officer Commanding at Kopay-based 51 Division Headquarters gave away those ownership certificates.
Symbolic of the state-of-the-art civil-military cooperation and growing sound relations of reconciliation, each house, constructed in a demarcated 20-perch land block consists of two bed rooms, living and dining area, kitchen, toilet and a bathroom. Similarly, each house has the capacity to store drinking water in a overhead tank and is provided with electricity, easy roads, community centre, space for shops, water purification unit and a sewerage drain system to meet with required hygienic standards.
Major General Senanayake in a brief address to the occasion told the gathering that the Army efforts to provide all displaced people in Jaffna with new houses would continue uninterrupted as per directions of the government. He also said that the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) will shortly begin the construction of 225 more houses in ‘Mavankalladdi’ area with the cooperation of the Navy and Air Force.
Mr. K. Sri Mohanan, Divisional Secretary for Thellipalai, senior government officials, Brigadier Sisira Pilapitiya, Brigade Commander, 513 Brigade, Colonel Sanath Aluvihare, Brigade Commander, 515 Brigade, Colonel Chandana Wickramasinghe, Brigade Commander, 511 Brigade, military officers, Police officers and recipients were associated with the brief ceremony.