Civil society organizations have urged the government to pay Rs. 30,000 monthly housing allowance each for nearly 1,600 families who would be displaced due to the Uma Oya project.
Civil society activist and executive director of Sri Lanka Human Rights Centre Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon yesterday told The Island that the failure on the part of the government would result in those families ending up in camps for the displaced.
Tennakoon said that Rs. 15,000 monthly housing allowance currently provided by the government was wholly inadequate.
Pointing out that the government had decided in January 2015 to pay Rs. 15,000 each, Tennakoon said that at that time the number of affected families wasn’t even 20.
Tennakoon said that a survey conducted in the Bandarawela and Ella areas had revealed over 4,500 houses were gradually collapsing and residents were struggling to find alternative accommodations.