Army provides housing facilities to Jaffna IDPs

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake presenting an IDP with legal documents pertaining to the ownership of a house.

The second phase of the Nallinakkapuram Housing Complex which was planned to provide 25 new houses for another segment of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) seeking refuge at Jaffna-based welfare centres, was initiated on March 30 during a ceremony which was held at the Nallinakkapuram village in Jaffna.

The said housing project is an extension of the Keeramalai Housing Project and was completed as the second phase of the project. Construction work was carried out as a collective effort of the Joint Project Management Team (JPMT) comprised of Army, Navy and Air Force personnel.

Similar to the Keeramalai project, each housing unit of this project was built on a 20-perch land and cost Rs. 1 million.

A typical house comes complete with two bedrooms, a living and dining area, kitchen, toilet and bathroom. In addition to water and electricity supply to each house, public facilities such as roads, a community centre, drain systems and a water purification plant are also available.

Friday’s handover ceremony, graced by chief guest Jaffna District Secretary Nagalingham Vethanayahan, was organised by Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, the live-wire behind the Keeramalai project, Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi and senior military officers. The Keeramalai Housing Project was previously declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena in October, 2016. One hundred displaced families living in welfare centres in the peninsula were provided with new houses under the project.

Senior government officers and 51 Division General Officer Commanding Major General Roshan Seneviratne were also present. 

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