President to resettle another 1,000 families in HSZs

2President Maithripala Sirisena in the capacity of the Minister of Defense has proposed to release another 1,000 acres in the North under a resettlement plan. Cabinet of Ministers have already approved the proposal and accordingly 220 acres in Valalai Grama Niladhari Division of the Valikamam East Divisional Secretariat Division will be released in the first stage. Government sources said that under a pilot project, around 1,022 families displaced by the war will be resettled in the area.

Under this project each family will get 20 perches of land, financial assistance to construct a house. It is also proposed to establish a school, a pre-school, a hospital, religious places of worship, community centres and build other infrastructure activities. The remaining 780 acres of land will also be used in the future to resettle the people displaced by the War.

Meanwhile, it was also decided to release the lands under the control of the Air Force in the Panama area in the Eastern Province to landless people in the area except the land in an extent of 25 acres in which buildings are now being constructed. It was further decided to release the buildings presently under the control of the Security Services in the High Security Zone near the President’s House in Colombo and buildings around the Temple Trees.

The land from the 11,639 acres which were under the control of the security forces during the war period has been already released. An extent of around 6,152 acres in the Pallay area is being maintained by the Sri Lanka Army and the Sri Lanka Air Force as Hi

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