PRESIDENT Mahinda Rajapaksa, in another major step of the government’s Ranaviru welfare projects, declared open the largest Ranaviru Housing project “Rana Jayapura” ever constructed on Sunday (22) at Ipalogama in Kekirawa.
Welcomed by a bevy of small children of War Hero families on his arrival, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Chief Guest of the event, unveiled the plaque and declared the housing scheme open.
Later President Mahinda Rajapaksa inspected three new houses allotted to tri service personnel in the housing scheme.
1509 roomy houses have been constructed in a land of 180 acres with a network of wide access roads fortified with a concreted drainage system. Infrastructure facilities for better living with schools, daycare centers, pre-schools, healthcare centers, banks, super markets, communication centers and pipe-borne water have been made available for residents, selected from Army, Navy and Air Force.
Each block of land has 10 perches and a house with three rooms, a living room, a pantry and four open verandahs.
The total value of the property estimated at Rs. 800,000/- will be deducted from the recipients’ monthly salary in equal installments as Rs. 4000/- from each.
Each house with tall walls and tiled roofs to suit the climate covers an area of 800 sq ft.
867 soldiers, 295 sailors and 347 airmen still in service received their new shelters at the ceremony today.
Sri Lanka Navy engineers completed the project within 2 ½ years for the Ministry of Defence(MoD), the sponsor of this mega welfare project for War Heroes.
Funds were raised for the project by MoD’s popular “Api Venuven Api” Scheme, the brainchild of Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa who himself graced the occasion today.
Acting Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Navy Commander Vice Admiral T.S.G. Samarasinghe, Inspector General of Police Mr. Mahinda Balasuriya and Director General of the Civil Defence Force Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara were associated with the opening ceremony.