19th November 2020 10:04:28 Hours
Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) Regiment that has launched a mammoth project to build a total of 20 new houses for families of fallen SLLI War Heroes and differently-able War Heroes completed the construction of four more new houses and warmed them within past few days during separate ceremonies.
The mammoth endeavour, proposed by the Colonel of the Regiment, SLLI Major General Jayanath Jayaweera and fully supported by the Regimental HQ and several philanthropists and patrons cost over Rs 4.5 m for the latest houses, built at Diyatalawa, Uhana, Parakaduwa and Mangalagama.
Accordingly, 1 SLLI troops spending about Rs 1.3 million put up a new house for one of their comrades, a Lance Corporal who was critically injured at Diyatalawa and its warming ceremony got underway on Tuesday (17).
Another new house constructed at Parakaduwa under the supervision and the manpower of the 4 SLLI was vested in a Lance Corporal who suffered serious injuries due to an LTTE mortar attack on 23 January 2009. The entire construction cost a little over Rs 1.3 million, footed by troops of the 4 SLLI. The house was formally vested in the War Hero on 17 November during a brief ceremony.
Meanwhile, a similar house constructed with the manpower of 6 SLLI troops for the family of a fallen War Hero at Uhana was vested in Mrs H.M Chandra Kanthi, the beloved spouse of late War Hero, Lance Corporal Tikiri Banda who laid his life on behalf of the motherland in Nagar Kovil area due to a mortar attack of ruthless LTTE on 16 February 2008. The entire expenditure of the construction of this well-equipped house stood at Rs 1.3 million and the generosity for this was extended by Mr S.R Gnanam, the Managing Director, Tokyo Cement Pvt Ltd in response to a request. The engineering assistance to the project was given by Mr Mauli Gunarathne, Consultant Engineer of the same Tokyo Cement Company Ltd. The house warming ceremony took place on 16 November.
Similarly, the Commanding Officer of the SLLI Regimental Headquarter Battalion took the initiative of constructing one more house to another badly wounded War Hero, a Private still under recuperation and rehabilitation at Mangalagama. A landmine, triggered by LTTE terrorists in Kilali on 23 March 2009 disabled the War Hero for the rest of his life. SLLI RHQ Battalion bore the Rs 1.3 million cost of the entire construction, considering his valuable contribution to the country. It was warmed and formally vested in him on 17 November.
All those brief ceremonial warming ceremonies at respective places on both days were graced by Major General Jayanath Jayaweera, Colonel of the Regiment, SLLI as the Chief Guest, together with the SLLI Centre Commandant, Brigadier Anura Dissanayake and a few Senior Officers. Amid religious blessings, invoked by members of the Maha Sangha, the keys to those new houses were handed over to the beneficiaries by the Colonel of the Regiment at the auspicious minute. All those recipients were also gifted with household accessories at the same occasion.
Members of the Regimental Council, relatives of beneficiaries, Officers and Other Ranks were associated with respective separate warming ceremonies.