Sri Lanka to build 40,000 concrete prefab houses for war refugees

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers had approved proposal to build 40,000 prefabricated houses for war refugees in the North and the East using concrete panels, the government said.

The houses will be 650 square feet each.

The government had earlier proposed to build steel prefabricated houses, which was opposed by civic groups in the area who said such houses were unsuitable for the climate.

Resettlement and Rehabilitation Minister D M Swaminathan had instead proposed the building of 40,000 houses under a plan to build 65,000 houses using concrete panels.

The concrete panel houses had been recommended by the National Building Research Organization, the cabinet had been told.

The cabinet had also separately approved a proposal by UN Agencies and non-profit organization to build 25,000 for war refugees in the North and the East.  (Colombo/May23/2018)

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