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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Amano develops low cost houses

Daily News: 12/07/2005" by Sarath Malalasekera

Amano Lanka Engineering has developed a low cost house for tsunami affected people in the country.

The design of the low cost house is in line with the guidelines specified for such housing by the Government and has a floor area of 507 sq. ft. Amano has been associated with the construction industry for over 25 years in Sri Lanka.

Amano also manufactures SLS certified cement concrete blocks. Each unit of low cost house consists of two bedrooms, verandah, living and dining, storeroom and a toilet. The roof is insulated to keep the inside comfortable, Chairman and Managing Director Sarath de Costa said.

The items required for construction will be supplied in dismantled form. Locally available materials such as sand, metal and cement could be purchased near the site for construction purposes.

The Chairman said that the package supplied by Amano is priced at Rs. 375,000, standard type and Rs. 400,000 enhanced type. These are ex-factory prices excluding VAT. The unit can be completed without sophisticated tools and they will provide necessary training for workmen at the Amano factory premises, he said.

Amano Group General Manager M. Weerakkody said that at the request of several NGOs and donors Amano set upon the task of designing a low cost, easy to construct quality housing unit conforming to the laid down criteria of the Government.

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