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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, December 31, 2005

Relief for house builders

Daily Mirror: Rural Despatch: 24/12/2005"

Upcountry Community Participation Promotion Centre has introduced an innovative method of constructing environment friendly low cost houses. They said the introduction of this new technique would bring relief to the low-income groups in the country. The Director of the Centre, Lalith Gunawardene said the tsunami disaster further aggrevated the housing problem in the country and that majority of the survivors are still without permanent houses." Our object is to provide them guidance to construct their houses themselves at a minimum cost. This method will be of immense benefit to the prospective house builders in rural areas as well. We introduced this new system by further improving our traditional construction technology". He said. He pointed out that the bricks made of earth and cement mixture can be used after drying for two days without burning as in the case of ordinary bricks, which requires large quantities of firewood.

" It is an environment friendly process, that does not emit any smoke or obnoxious gases into the air. The bricks with a smooth finish are ideal for large-scale housing projects and hotel projects. The houses built with these bricks can be painted without plastering " he added. The Upcountry community Participation Promotion Centre has taken steps to use this innovative method to construct tsunami houses in Akkaraipattu area. They are prepared to impart knowledge of new technology to the prospective house builders. Further details in this regard can be obtained from No. 110/9 Madawala Road , Katugastota. (188)

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