Alutgama: 21 houses restored by Army  returned to owners

By Dasun Edirisinghe

Military Spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasuriya said on Tuesday that 21 houses damaged during the recent violence between two groups at Alutgama had been renovated by the army and handed over to their owners.

Addressing the weekly Defence Ministry press briefing at the Media Centre of Defence and Urban Development Ministry, he said that the Army had begun the restoration of violence damaged  houses and shops just after lifting of the curfew in the area on June 18.

Brig. Wanigasuriya said that according to the estimates there were 71 houses which could be repaired with less than Rs. 50,000 and 139 houses required more than Rs. 50,000 for repairs. Fifty eight damaged shops needed repairs costing less than Rs. 50,000 and 25 needed more than Rs. 50,000, he added.

Brigadier Wanigasuirya said that the initial army assessment was that all repairs could be completed within two to three months but the project would take a little longer as some houses needed extensive repairs.

Brig. Wanigasuriya said that army had also started rehabilitating its own personnel after fighting a 30 year war and recently Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had laid the foundation stone for a meditation house at Kanduboda.

The entire construction work on the center was being handled by the army on a land owned by Wipassana Meditation Centre, he said.

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