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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. 

Saturday, July 02, 2005

NHDA compiles technical guidelines for houses in coastal belt of Sri Lanka

ColomboPage: 30/06/2005"

National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) Chairman Parakrama Karunaratne said the NHDA has compiled a set of comprehensive technical guidelines for housing development in the Sri Lanka coastal belt with secure methodologies resistant to natural disasters.

Addressing a workshop in Colombo recently with the participation of professionals and intellectuals of governmental and non governmental organisations, Mr. Karunarathne said the aim of the workshop was to initiate action to develop the guidelines based on housing development in the coastal belt of Sri Lanka, into a national guideline so as to successfully counter the impact on houses by national disasters.

Housing and Construction Industry, Eastern Province Education and Irrigation Development Ministry's Additional Secretary S.R.Kanganayagam observed that Sri Lanka has experienced various national disasters of different magnitudes in the past. "It is time that we study and evolve national guidelines based on past experiences. It is important that all resource persons should pool their knowledge and expertise to make this a success," he said.

Urban Development Authority (UDA) Chairman Gemunu Silva said that instead of several institutions preparing different guidelines based on their own concepts and policies it was important to arrive at a national guideline through dialogue among all related agencies. He commended the guidelines prepared by the NHDA and said that those would be very helpful to all involved in reconstruction process.

General Manager of NHDA Piyal Ganepola said the workshop would help to improve the existing guidelines acceptable at national level and the international donors and organisations would be encouraged to be active partners in our development process within an accepted policy framework.

Consultant at the German Technical Co-operation (GTZ) Hilki Ebert, expressing her views said that the individuals and organisations who volunteer to help the victims of natural disasters should be properly guided in their missions to enable them to perform their activities in accordance with local conditions and administrative structures.

The representatives of Ministry of Housing and Construction Industry, Eastern Province Education and Irrigation Development, Ministry of Urban Development and Water Supply, National Housing Development Authority, Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation, Buildings Department, Centre for Housing Planning and Building, University of Moratuwa and several other local and foreign non-governmental organisations participated in the workshop. The German Technical Co-operation sponsored the programme to develop the guidelines into a disaster reconstruction programme at national level.

Download guideline from NHDA for Housing Development in Affected Costal Belt of Sri Lanka


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