Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Latest from the HOUSING Project

In our earlier blog postings for housing reconstruction (available under the Housing Project link), we stated that we were working with a community called Dutch Bar in Batticaloa to build 100 houses. The Market Research Firm AC Nielsen did a needs assessment study of this community and we also registered with the Urban Development Authority (UDA) to obtain Government land to build the houses. Land was identified in the Thiraimadu area and the Dutch Bar community was happy to move there since it was close to Batticaloa town.

Although an assurance was given by the UDA that the land for constructing 100 houses at Thiraimadu was reserved for our Club we were later informed that the identified land had been given to another NGO.

As a result, we have had to fall back to our plan “B”, which is to construct houses on a privately owned land in a place called Kathankudy donated by a businessman of the area. This business man is well known to a member of our club, and he is donating this land for this recontruction project. Therefore there is no cost in acquiring this land.

Kathankudy is also in the Batticaloa district, but around 6km away from the main town. However, the big disappointment to our club is that we will now not be able to build houses for the Dutch Bar community as they do not wish to move such a distance from their original location.

The land survey done in Kathankudy has revealed that 72 houses could be constructed on that land. We will be able to give more details on this project in our next update.

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