Monday, November 16, 2009

More rehab assistance to the North

Massive reconstruction and rehabilitation assistance for the North is in the pipe line as of Japan, the European Union, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and a very large degree of paddy land that remained fallow over several existence was to be brought under the plough this Maha crop season, Vavuniya District Secretary Mrs. P.S.M. Charles told the Daily News yesterday.
While a stipulation of 11 million US Dollars from Japan and 12 million Euros from the European Commission for the rehabilitation and renovations of resettlements has been made the Asian Development Bank had assisted with US Dollars 250 million for the growth of the Vavuniya District, she said.
The Vavuniya Development Plan drafted by the Urban Development Authority was approved by the Presidential Task Force and the UNDP had shown their readiness to facilitate this project she further noted.
A modern sewerage treatment plant is to be in progress at a cost of 18 million US Dollars by the British NGO, OXFAM in teamwork with the UNDP at Vavuniya while one extra sewerage plant similar to that was to be funded by the Japanese administration was to be started at Thambamadu she explained.
torrential rain rains have started and the resettled civilians have started cultivating their paddy lands. About 4,000 acres in Vavuniya alone which were abandoned for a lot of years are life form cultivated with much eagerness as they have been provided with armed forces like ploughing done by the military and seed and agricultural equipment provided by the particular Task Force, she said.
Commenting on the progress of resettlement of IDPs she said almost 150,000 IDPs have been resettled by now and the balance were to be resettled by January 31, 2010.
Courtesy : Daily news

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