Jun 27, 2018

50,000 families in Colombo slums to be relocated - Mangala

Minister of Finance and Media - Mangala Samaraweera said that the main focus of the concept of 'Sustainable Cities' should be on serving the poorest segments of the society by providing better living and working conditions for them by ensuring affordable housing, health care, water, sanitation and electricity.

The Minister further said that in partnership with the AIIB, the government will implement the Urban Regeneration Programme which aims at relocating 50,000 low and lower middle-income households living in slums and shanties in Colombo City into new apartments.

Hon. Mangala Samaraweera made these remarks at the Third Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors' Business Roundtable of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) held on 25.06.2018 in Mumbai, India.

The complete speech of the minister is as follows :

AIIB Speech 1

AIIB Speech 2