Hon. Douglas Devananda,—To ask the Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development,—
(a) Is he aware that —
(i) 14 families are still living in a highly vulnerable situation in the lower division of the Wogen estate in Mathugama after the land slide which occurred there in the year 2014;
(ii) the National Building Research Organization has instructed the management of the estate in June 2014 that the houses of the aforesaid people should be removed from that place;
(iii) providing optional lands has been delayed due to the clash between these people and the management over the allocation of optional lands; and
(iv) 21 families have been living in the Iluppuwatta division of the Delkith estate in Agalawatta for the last 2 years , in which a similar landslide risk is prevalent?
(b) Will he inform this House —
(i) whether steps will be taken to commence some housing project for the people who have undergone much strain and encountered threat to their lives as is mentioned above; and
(ii) if so , the current progress of it?
If not, why?