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Houses for 110 families under ‘Lakhiru Sevana’ (Phase I) programme

Transport Minister Gamini Lokuge and Vehicle Regulation,  Bus Transport Services and Train Compartments and Motor Car Industry  State Minister Dilum Amunugama at the ceremony.
Transport Minister Gamini Lokuge and Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services and Train Compartments and Motor Car Industry State Minister Dilum Amunugama at the ceremony.

Under the resettlement plan for households affected by the rehabilitation of the Kelani Valley railway line, (Phase I), 110 families were given new houses at the ‘Lakhiru Sevana’ Housing Complex in Maligawatte, yesterday as compensation for the lands that were acquired for the project from Maradana to Avissawella.

Transport Minister Gamini Lokuge and Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services and Train Compartments and Motor Car Industry State Minister Dilum Amunugama handed over deeds and keys to the families at a ceremony held at the BMICH in Colombo, yesterday.

“All illegal houses constructed in railway lands and reserves from Maradana to Padukka will be removed, and their families will be resettled ensuring superior post-resettlement living conditions. We have planned to free up the railway reserves which can be utilized for the sustainable development projects while providing better living standards to people in slums beside Kelani Valley Railway line,” Minister Transport Minister Gamini Lokuge said.

Accordingly, 384 housing units at the “Lakhirisevana” housing scheme in Maligawatte which was constructed under the Urban Regeneration Program by the Urban Development Authority has allocated for the resettlement of families affected by the rehabilitation of the KV line. Under this project, 261 families have already been provided houses under the first place at this complex.

At present, the single track of the KV line is not functioning properly due to structural and encroachment issues. As a result, the maximum speed at which trains could go at is limited to 35Km/h, the minister said.

To address these issues, the reconstruction of the KV line has commenced, particularly to convert the existing single line to a double line and install signaling and electrification systems. Therefore, this task would necessitate the resettlement of communities occupying the land required for the expansion of the railway line.