Jayani Adikarama serves as the Consultant/ Project Manager for the Minnesota Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation’s
Village Re-building Project in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. Jayani coordinates the efforts of Government Authorities,
building contractors and vendors. Jayani will shortly begin working
with the local government—Pradeshiya Sabha on a Social Survey to determine livelihoods building efforts
and skills of the people of the Village. She is also assessing the needs of the village community for the design of the
Community Center. Jayani graduated from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in Marketing and Management
Information Systems. Before moving to Sri Lanka she was a Financial
Analyst for Metris Companies in Minneapolis Minnesota . She lived over 6 years
Jayani always enjoy working with people and working through their
problems, taking care of sick and elderly. Because of of her Minnesota
connection MnSLFF ask her help in the Village Rebuilding Project.
She recollect that moment vividly " When you came
the first time to Sri Lanka after the tsunami catastrophe and called me up asked
me for some assistance, it was one of those moments that I felt I really got
this rare opportunity to help out these poor victims devastated by the Killer
Wave. Now I know the true feeling of satisfaction by getting involve in with
MnSLFF and helping out with this noble work. We will soon be able to provide
shelter and put a smile back on their faces... that is a great
blessing which cannot be count in any means!"
Tilak Ratnayake co-leads our Village re-building project together with Jayani. He counts 40 years of experience
in Social Work in Sweden. He is spending his retirement in Sri Lanka he counts it a great blessing to be able
to contribute to the work of the Foundation.
Meet our Contractors
MnSLFF sign the building Contract with Land Reclamation and Development Company (REDECO) in Sri Lanka to build 50 houses.
General Manager Sajeewa Witharana and the Chief Engineer meeting with our representatives
in Sri Lanka
Handing over Ceremony
Short Summary of Activities December 2005 Thru 10 Feb, 2006.
Discussion with REDECO GM, Mr. Wijeratna and the engineer, Mr. Prasad at their head office in Colombo.
The discussion was based on the handing over process of the housing project and fixing dates to make the
Mr. Tilak Ratnayake and I went to Monrovia to conduct the first of two house inspections requested
by MnSLFF from contractors REDECO.
Mr. Prasad, Mr. Wijeratna and Mr. Dinesh were in attendance.
Second installment of the REDECO inspection to cover Mr. Thilakasiri’s lot of houses was carried out.
Mr. Thilakasiri and Mrs. Subadra were in attendance in addition to REDECO inspection staff.
Collected the first 25 names of the new recipient list issued by the Hikkaduwa DS office.
Met Mrs. Subadra and her daughter at the site and provided them with details of the recipients and
construction progress for a survey they were conducting on behalf of MnSLFF. Mrs. Subadra and daughter,
Deepa both helped us to conduct the recipients’ survey at Monrovia.
Final survey of houses to ascertain whether the problems discovered during the REDECO inspections
have been corrected. This was not the case, and therefore, we were forced to hire an independent
consultant to inspect the houses for their structural and aesthetic completeness.
We interviewed 5 recipients from the new list issued by the Hikkaduwa Divisional Secretaries office.
In all, 20 recipients out of the 25 given in the list have been now been interviewed.
We met Mr. Kumarasiri (Consulting Engineer) who was hired by MnSLFF to conduct an independent survey of
the complete houses for their structural and aesthetic soundness.
In all, 38 houses were inspected today and faults found in them were recorded and pointed out to
the REDECO sub-contractors in attendance (Mr. Dinesh and Mr. Thilaksiri’s representative) and REDECO
site officer (Mr. Pinnapola).
We met with Hikkaduwa acting Government Agent, DS staff and THRU staff from Galle to discuss the opening
ceremony procedures and plans. Picked up the names of the remaining list of 25 candidates from the
Hikkaduwa DS office. Galle THRU office staff accompanied us to the construction site to do an opening
ceremony layout and inspection at the site. We interviewed some of the new recipients who were on hand at
the site, and also instructed them to clear the area of debris and brush. We drove back with THRU
office staff to their office in Kalegana to pick up a list of vendors that provide material
(stage, chairs, sound, etc.) and staff for the opening ceremony.
Drove to Panadura and placed an order for the ceremonial plaque with Indika Stone Works
We made arrangements with REDECO (Mr. Prasad) for the plaque to be delivered to the site on the 12th of
January. Fax the documents regarding the opening ceremony to Mr. Lal Liyanapathiranage.
Met with Mr. Kumarasiri and inspected the remaining 9 houses (3 were still under construction on Mr.
Thilakasiri’s lot and could not be inspected).
We received the inspection report from Mr. Kumarasiri.
Set aside house 278 for Pioneer press guests to occupy during their stay at the site.
Made arrangements with Mr. Thilakasiri to have house 278 furnished by the 12th of January.
Moved an earth-stone found on site and made arrangements with Mr. Thilakasiri for the ceremonial plaque
to be placed on it.
Met with THRU officials at UDA- Battharamulla, to get the final confirmed for the plaque. Collected the
official invitations from the THRU- Media Director. Drove to Panadura to make the final payment for the
Met with Mr. Liyanapathiranage, Pioneer press visitors (Brian and Richard) and visited the Hikkaduwa
DS office to meet the 50 recipient families face-to-face.We brought Silumina staff reporters with us to document the event.
We discussed the opening ceremony procedures and day events with the Galle THRU staff, DS staff and
recipient families. Toured the site and handed over keys to 17 families selected from the list who owned houses nearby to
the ceremonial stage so that they can furnish their places before the 16th of January. Made arrangements with the Water Board to have 5 water tanks delivered to the site before the 16th January,
to provide water for the site until permanent water connection is given in February. On our way to Colombo,
we made arrangements with a caterer in Hikkaduwa to provide food for the opening ceremony.
Day prior to the opening ceremony we there were on site to inspect the construction of the stage and
guest accommodation tents on site. Galle THRU staff was also on hand to make sure that the work continued
without a problem. Electricity has been provided for most of the houses on site and the rest were being connected as we
toured the site. Visited the recipient houses to make sure that they were prepared for the ceremony the next day.
Water tanks were on site and the ground was cleared of debris and brush.
Opening ceremony started at 10.00 am.
After the ceremony, paid the ceremony expenses to the THRU office at Kalegana.
Attended a discussion with Mr Kumarasiri (CECB) and Mr.Lal Liyanapathiranage regarding the CC.
Met with Mr. Lal Liyanapathiranage and Mr. Kumarasiri at CECB (Baudhaloka Mawatta) to discuss the CC/pre school. We also met Gamunu Ekanayake of TAFREN to find out the VAT exemption.
We paid a visit to the site to find out the livelihood of the recipients. Engaged in another survey to
re-analyze the basic house hold package.
Conducted the final inspection of the houses with Mr. Kumarasiri and Mr. Pinnapola (REDECO).
Mr. Thilakasiri and a representative from Mr. Dinesh’s site were also present.
Had a discussion with Kapila from Tsunami Housing Rehabilitation Unit regarding the
construction of the stand for the water tank. He gave us his estimates and Mr. Pinnapolla from
REDEO will rectify the given numbers at the next meeting.
Cleared the catering bill – Dinesh guest house and restaurant.
Dec.1st 2005- Dec.31st - Final Finishes & Handing over the houses
Final Finishes & handing over the houses
On December 27th we did our first technical audit at the construction site. It was a request that
was made by the Mnslff in Minnesota to hire an independent Charted Civil Engineer to do a final
inspection on our housing project before starting on the handing over process.
Therefore, Mr. G. Kumarasiri (Charted Civil Engineer) from the Central Civil Engineering
Consultancy Bureau of Sri Lanka was hired to do the job.
On the 27th Dec. he completed
inspecting 26 houses, which included all the houses from Mr. Dinesh’s (subcontractor)site and four
from Mr. Thilakasiri’s site. On the 29th Dec. we had the second inspection with Mr. Kumarasiri
at Monrovia site. We managed to cover another ten houses at Mr. Thilakasiri’s (subcontractor)site.
Mr. Thilakasiri has few houses where the roofs have not been completed. Mr. Kumarasiri will be
giving us a detail report on all the houses once when the inspection completes. However, he pointed
out few defects with the roofing in Mr. Dinesh’s site that needs to be rectifying before handing
over the houses. The report that was made initially which regards to the 1st inspection has been
handed over to REDECO by my self yesterday (29th Dec) in order for them to do the final
Prior to these inspections we did another inspection with REDECO and THRU technical officers on
December 18th to find out the defects at the housing site.
The Beneficieries List - With the help of Mr. Alawattegama (CEO-THRU) we managed to get an approved list of
25 recipients. The Hikkaduwa District Sec has already assigned houses for these recipients
from our housing (MNSLFF) project. The houses were given on a lottery basis.
On the 22nd Dec my self, my mom (Chandra), Subadra and Dileepa from
Minnesota interviewed 14 families from the
given B List at a temp shelter in Monrovia. I also did two more interviews at different locations
(Telwatta, Kahawa and Donanduwa) with the help of my family members. Therefore we managed to
cover 20 recipients out of the 1st approved list. The second list of next 25 recipients will be
given somewhere during next week.
Handing over the site – REDECO is planning to handover few of the houses (the first 25 houses)
by the Jan 7th. We will then get the approval from the THRU office in order to handover the houses
to the recipients. The 1st sets of people are planning to move to the new houses by the second week
of Jan, 2006. At the moment 15 recipients which we believe as the most eligible are waiting to get
their house keys.
These are mostly fishermen from the same area (Rathgama). Most of them lived
very close to the sea (within the 100 m buffer zone) and lost all their belongings/houses and
also loved ones due to Tsunami. Some only had their clothes when they were moved to the shelters
after Tsunami. Among them were fishermen who owned few motor boats and had made good income out
of fishing. Every family had a very sad story to share with us.
Community Center Plan – We have received 3 estimates for the construction of the
CC from REDECO, Squire Mech Engineering (Pvt)Ltd and Dockyard Construction (Pvt)Ltd. The CCEB will
be giving us their BOQ within the next couple of days.
Nov.10th 2005- Nov.28th - Plastering and Painting
Plastering and Painting
On Nov 28th Thilak and I paid a visit to the site. We did not see much of a progress from our
last visit which was on the 9th Nov, mainly due to heavy rains and the presidential elections.
The workers could not attend to work for more than 4 full days during the last two weeks.
(But after talking to the supervisors at the site, I found out that they do work during the
nights in order to accelerate the process). They also have increased the work force to more
than 60 workers in both sites and workers have begun painting some of the houses where the
plastering have been completed. We were also keen on checking out the conditions of the roofs,
since it was after days of heavy rain. The floors on the houses weren’t damp but we did see
few cracks on the roof tiles. The supervisors agreed to change the damaged tiles before handing
over the houses.
Also the supervisors informed us about the bed room door issue which has been questioned by the
THRU office. The concerns we have are; in the approved plan given by the UDA, the “bed room
doors” item has not been included yet it has been approved by the authorities earlier.
Therefore it has not been estimated in the BOQ as well. Since it’s a 600 sqfeet house the two
main doors which are 3’0 x 7’0 plywood doors with double lever locks gives the security which
is needed for the house. Since the rooms are quite small (10’x 11’) there could be concerns
about the ventilation within the rooms as well as in the living/dining areas if the bed room
doors were closed. Also the usage of a bed room door within the community is very minimal due
to the fact that most people are used to door curtains made out of cloth to cover rooms instead
of closed doors. Internal and external plastering-
Mr. Dinesh – has finished 11 houses and 11 to be completed.
Mr. Thilakasiri – has finished 10 houses and 18 to be completed.
Putting up the roofs-
Mr. Thilakasiri – completed 18 houses and 10 to be completed.
Mr. Thilakasiri has doubled the work force to 40 in order to finish up roofing as well as to work
on plastering and other. He still believes that he can finish the work by December 10th 2005.
Plumbing and electrical work –
Mr. Dinesh – completed on all 22 houses
Mr. Thilakasiri – completed on 15.
Construction of an outside passage which connects the kitchen and the bathroom.
Mr. Thilakasiri – completed on 10 houses.
Internal and external painting –
Mr. Dinesh – completed on 10 houses
Mr. Thilakasiri – completed on 10 houses.
Both contractors need to work on the door/window painting and polishing.
Community Center Plan –
The final drawing has been hand delivered to Mr. Thilak Ratnayake by Mr Alawattegama (CEO- THRU )
on November 10. In the mean time Mr. Molligoda managed to work on the structural drawing and
Mr. Thilak Ratnayake will receive it today (Nov 29th). We will be meeting the contactors this
The Beneficiaries List-
We went to Hikkaduwa DS’s office yesterday (28th Nov) to find out that, they were not been able
to put together our list. Out of the 50 recipients that were given to us earlier, 12 of them c
an be included into the present list. The others have either given permanent housing elsewhere or
they are considered as bad cases. Therefore, according to the officials we will get a new set
of names by Monday, 5th Dec.
The new list will include people who lived within the 100 meter buffer zone and those people who
lost their houses completely or those who have damaged their houses partially due to Tsunami.
Sep.28th 2005- Nov.9th - The external and Internal Plastering
The external and Internal Plastering on houses
Thilak Ratnayake and my self visited the site on Nov 9th. The contractors have begun work on the
internal and external plastering. Mrs. Asathi Iddagoda from Sydney, Australia joined us with her
parents. Mrs. Asathi and her husband have contributed to the “Minnesota – Sri Lanka building a village
Internal and external plastering –
Mr. Dinesh – has finished 5 houses and 17 to be completed.
Mr. Thilakasiri – has finished 7 houses and 21 to be completed.
According to the contractors the duration of completing the internal and external plastering per house is
Putting up the roofs-
Mr. Dinesh – completed 22 houses
Mr. Thilakasiri – completed 10 houses and 18 to be completed.
According to the contractors the duration to put up a roof is one day which also depends on the work force.
But Mr. Thilakasiri has issues finding the reapers in correct length -14 feet. Also we had to look in to few
inquiries made by the THRU office in regard to the correction of our roof structure and the material that
has been used in Mr. Thilakasiri’s site. Until the right measures have been taken Mr. Thilakasiri has to
slow down the construction work at the site. But the issues have been iron out and Mr. Thilakasiri has
doubled his work force in order to keep up with the dead lines. He is planning to complete all the houses
by December 5th 2005.
Plumbing and electrical work –
Mr. Dinesh – completed on all 22 houses
Mr. Thilakasiri – completed on 10 houses and on 18 houses needs to be completed.
Construction of an outside passage which connects the kitchen and the bathroom.
Mr. Dinesh – has finished on all 22 houses.
Mr. Thilakasiri – needs to build on all 28 houses.
Community Center Plan –
The final drawing will be given on November 10 by UDA to Mr. Molligoda. Once when he receives the CC plan,
it has to be taken to Mr. Prasanna Silva (DG- UDA) to get it stamped as an approved plan.
Mr. Molligoda (a senior architect) who is voluntarily helping us to get the best possible design for a
community center, handed over his version of the community center plan to UDA two weeks ago. Currently,
He is also working with us on the structural drawing of the CC and also to find possible BOQs for the CC.,
The Beneficiaries List-
We completed interviewing 30 recipients by the end of last week (Nov 3rd) from the approved list given by
the Hikkaduwa DS’s office. But last Thursday we found out that the list been provided by the Hikkaduwa
DS’s office is no longer effective and that we will be given a new list instead. Yesterday, Nov 9th we
paid a visit to the Hikkaduwa DS’s office and they informed us the new list will not be ready until
further notice. Therefore we informed them about the interviews we already conducted and what we believed
as true cases. They promised us to put those names into our new Blist after going through their
Technological Center- Secretary to the Prime Minister – Mr. Lalith Weeratunga cannot be contacted until the
end of presidential elections
Sep.17th 2005- Sept.27th - Roof and Floor Finishes..
Internal wiring and socket outlets
On the 27th September, my self and Thilak Ratnayake visited the construction site. The main purpose of
the visit was to discuss with REDECO on how the internal wiring/conduting and socket outlets needs to be
fixed. Usually, these jobs will be completed at the time of internal plastering. Since REDECO has not
been assigned to work on the plastering, they would want us to know the best possible way to complete the
job before handing over the houses to us. The decisions were made to fix the sockets and the switch
boxes temporarily on the unfinished walls.
Mr. Prasad (REDECO- engineer) was present. The THRU technical officer at Monrovia or the UDA officials
could not make it. But they will be informed about the new arrangements by Mr. Prasad. Another problem
that we came across is handing over process of the site. According to Mr. Prasad, it would take another
month and a half to finish up their main jobs and to work on the final inspection before handing over
the site to us. As a safety precaution, once when REDECO finishes their work we need to immediately
make necessary arrangements to get the plastering people on our site.
The progress on the construction was much satisfactory on Mr. Dinesh’s site. He has finished putting
the roofs on all houses. The smooth finish on floors has been made. On 5 of the houses the plinth
plastering (outside foundation) been completed and others are progressing. Plumbing and electrical
work has been started. Mr. Dinesh is planning to finish all his work by the end of next week.
Mr. Thilakasiri has only completed one roof. After today’s meeting he promised us/REDECO that he will
finish the roofing and the rest of the work by the end of October.
Aug.4th 2005- Sept.16th - Planning to finish roofs..
Visits to the Monrovia Estate– Paid few visits to the Construction site on the 24th of August,
1st of September and on the 6th of September. Mr. Asitha Sandanayake from Minnesota joined us
on the 1st of September to visit the site at Monrovia, Hikkaduwa.
Contractor are working on putting up roofs
Construction of "Calicut" tile roof –
Both contractors are working on putting up roofs.
Mr. Dinesh has completed 15 roofs and he is planning to finish the roofing by the end of next
week (by 23rd Sep). Mr. Thilakasiri has only completed 5 of the roofs. He is also planning
to finish all the roofs by the end of the month.
Sand Issue - Sand issue became one of the biggest problems the contractors came across during
the last few weeks. Due to the fact that the government has restricted giving sand permits
through out the island. Therefore we decided to go to the authorities to clear out the
matter. Mr. Alawattegama (CEO of Tsumani Housing Reconstruction Unit under TAFREN) helped
us in great deal to find a solution. With the help of the Urban Development and water
supply minister he was able to provide us washed sea sand as a substitute for river sand.
The sea sand will be available for local contractors from Boosse -Galle.
Plastering of the houses - We are working with the contractors as well as with out side
sources to get a better estimate on pricing.
Discount on cement – With the help of Mr. Alawattegama (CEO- THRU) our contractors were
given discount coupons to buy cement for Tsunami housing construction.
Revised payment plan – On the 29th of Aug: my self, Mr. Thilak Ratnayake and
Mr. Asitha Sandanayake met with the REDECO team to discuss the cash flow issue.
REDECO agreed with us to issue bills every other week instead of once a month.
This was requested by the sub contractors due to the fact that they fall short of
their regular cash flow because of heavy investments they make on material costs.
Community Center Plan – After paying number of visits to Mr. Hemantha Jayasundara
(Director – Tsunami Housing Programmed) office we managed to get the amended Community
Center plan in to our hands.
Miss Geethani (architect incharge of the community center planning) gave her thoughts
on the plans designed by the Minnesota Humanitarian society. As I requested she drafted
a detailed email on their comments and was sent to our MnSLFF president -
Mr. Lal Liyanapathiranage. The original plan presented by the UDA was a design of
Jeffery Bahwa. According to the UDA, they would like us to continue with the same
plan which was presented to us by them with minimal changes.
Technological Center- I had a brief discussion with the private Secretary to the
Prime Minister – Mr. Lalith Weeratunga. Prime minister – Honorable Madinda Rajapaksa
has launched a program to open up 1000 computer centers through out Sri Lanka within
the next couple of months. Therefore with the community center in place we would also
like to get linked to this program in order to put up a computer center within our
community center project. Mr. Laith Weeratunga invited me to another discussion in
the coming weeks on how to develop our proposal in Monrovia Community center project.
Beneficiaries List – Finally we made it. Mr. Asitha Sandanayake, Mr. Thilak Ratnayake
and I managed to interview four families on our 1st of September visit to Galle. We
are waiting to get the questionnaire from the Minnesota chapter in order to work on
the survey of the livelihoods of our beneficiaries.
July 7th - Aug.4th 2005 Door/Window frames are fixed
Most of the Houses are near completion
Housing construction – Paid a visit to the Construction site on the 3rd of August.
Most of the houses are near to completion.
The door/window frames are fixed.
Mr. Dinesh’s sites, some of the decorative concrete columns have been added to houses.
We also inspect the concrete louvers that have been built on the site.
By next few weeks, the builders will begin on putting up the roofs.
Plastering the houses- However, we do have an issue on final finishes of these houses. It is a requirement
of the UDA to handover a reasonably finished house. Which means at least the internal/external plastering
on all walls. When we originally signed the agreement with REDECO these items are not been added to their
BOQ because of the cost associated on them.
Since this became a requirement of the UDA, we are in the
process of getting BOQs to finalize on this matter. I have already fax two documents to Minnesota
regarding this for further investigation. I also have to consult a civil engineer/quantity surveyor
to clarify on certain criteria given on these BOQs.
Mr. Sajeewa Witharana from REDECO also showed his concerns on working with us regarding this matter.
Payment issues - Mr. Sajeewa Witharana (GM at REDECO) Mr. Somaweera Chandrasiri (Chairman of LRC) and
Mr Jayasekera (V.Chairman of REDECO) helped us in great deal to clear out the delayed payment issue.
Therefore the contractors were able to continue work without shutting down our site.
New payment plan - Since the contractors have expedite the work process in order to complete the work at
the site within 5 months instead of 8 months we need to re-evaluate the payment plan. We already got the
input from both REDECO and the contractors regarding this. We are hoping to come up with a better plan
to compensate the contactors by next two weeks.
Water supply – The Water Supply Board has called tenders last month (July) to lay pipe lines in Monrovia
Community Center Plan - Mr Hemantha Jayasundara is back at his office.
When I spoke to him this morning (5th Aug), he informed me about the email that’s been sent regarding the
community center plan. However, he won’t be able to attend to it until next week. I’m planning to pay a
quick visit next week, to his office to find out about the developments on this.
Beneficiaries List – Finally it’s ready. After going through many harsh visits to the Hikkaduwa pradeshiya
sabha, they finally have the list done. But the officials are waiting to get approval from the divisional
secretary for them to handover the documents to us. Maybe it might take another 2 or 3 visits and
influencing officials to finally get it into our hands…
June 24 - July 6th Construction is very much satisfactory
June 17 2005: Construction Work is in Progress
REDECO is going forward with the construction work
Mrs. Shyama Gunawardena (DG- REDECO)
Housing Plan - REDECO is discussing with the UDA officials to get their plan re-approved under the Tsunami housing project.
Last two weeks REDECO had number of meetings with the officials at Ministry of Urban Development and Water Supply regarding
According to Mrs. Shyama Gunawardena (DG- REDECO) that Mr. Dharmasiri and Mr. Alawatta (DGs at UDA) have asked
REDECO to produce a feasibility report before Monday (19th June). REDECO also acknowledge that the minister of Urban
Development and Water Supply Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena also has given instructions to carry-on with their construction and
in the mean time to resolve the plan issue with the authorities in a timely manner. Therefore the work at the site is
moving as scheduled. By Monday the 19th of June, REDECO is expected to hear a final word from the UDA regarding the Housing plan.
By Friday 16th June - Mr. Thilakasiri has finished laying the foundation on 26 housing units. Mr. Dinesh – has finished 18 units.
Sand Issue- The sand permits have not been issued by Mr. Hemantha Jayasundara of UDA due to the unresolved “plan crisis”.
This has not affected the construction work. The subcontractors have found the sand they required in various means.
Community Center/ Pre-school Plan -Mr. Hemantha Jayasundara’s (at UDA) architects are working on the plan. We received a
draft of the community center/pre school on Friday. One of the architects, Miss Nandani who is in charge of our project promised
us that she will complete the plan and hand-over it by Thursday 22nd June. (??)
Beneficiaries List- The Hikkaduwa Divisional secretary’s office said that the list could be completed/delivered by the end of the Month.
They still have not received the inputs from the Grama-seva-official (village official) of Gammadegoda, Hikkaduwa. Usually it
akes more than two weeks for the village official to get comments/objections from the villagers regarding the beneficiaries.
(I’m guessing it could even get delay more than two weeks)
June 7, 2005: I just spoke to Mr. Gunapala
I just spoke to Mr. Gunapala (the chief engineer at REDECO).
Here are the latest
1. The plots the contractors already have laid the foundation; they will be putting up the houses according to the original plan. (By yesterday Thilakasiri has
finished 11 and Dinesh has finished -7)
2. The UDA has made some alterations with the plan.
a) The veranda should come in the middle/not from a side and it should be lower than the main floor.
b) The bathroom door should not be kept from the bedroom area. It should open up to the dinning /kitchen
– but they want to still check on that
c) They also want to move the bathrooms out of the house- The main reason is it’s good to have bathrooms if it’s an
urban house but these are rural houses and they think the people who are going to live in these houses are used to
bathrooms out side. But I told them that we want to keep the bathrooms inside and it was mentioned before By Thilak
Ratnayake and Becky too.
3. The sand/discount on cement issue- The UDA has prepared some letters and these will be given to Mr. Thilakasiri and Dinesh
today By Mr. Gunapala.
4. I also spoke to Mr. Thilakasiri (Sub-Contractor) yesterday– They are going to finish it ahead of the time they have planned before. He said
within “3 and a half months”. Hope everything will go smooth (touch wood!!!). I hope we can count on that. But it’s early to
5. Also Mr. Gunapala said that they will be having a Meeting with Mr. Somaweera Chandrasiri (chairman) to discuss on the
proposals given by the UDA regarding the housing plan.
June 6, 2005: First Inspection Visit
Preparing ground and
Thilak Ratnayake and my self visited the construction site
on the 1st of June. After the foundation stone ceremony this was the
1st official visit to check the status of our construction
site. The two contractors, Mr.
Thilakasiri and Mr. Dinesh are working very hard.
Both of them have lay foundation on 6 houses
and Mr. Thilakasiri has prepared the ground for four more houses to lay the
foundation on them. Mr. Dinesh also has
finished up the 8 blocks in preparing the ground. The main infrastructure facilities have been
established. The site has water and electricity to get the work flow going.
When we went to the site Mrs. Shyama Gunawardena, the GM of
REDECO was also present. She wanted to find
out the progress as well as what the issues both contractors are facing.
However, the contractors informed us that they have a problem finding sand. The
govt has restricted on issuing permits to dig/transport sand. They said if it’s not going to get solved
they might not be able to finish it as planned before. REDECO will try to find a solution with the
help of UDA. We will also be contacting
Mr. Hemantha Jayasundara (UDA) regarding this issue as soon as we go back to Colombo.
Also, UDA is working on a solution to move 4 blocks from our
construction site to an adjacent land. The reason for this is these 4 blocks has
a problem accessing the road. It’s a responsibility of the UDA to plan out
properly in order to have proper road access.
The beneficiaries List
On the way to Monrovia Estate we stopped at the Hikkaduwa Divisional
Secretary’s office to collect the list of the beneficiaries.
They have not prepared the original list. But
they informed us that they will be selecting Tsunami affected victims only from
Gammadegoda, Rathgama area.
Once when they put together a list of names it has to go through the village official
–“Grama seva niladari” to find out whether these cases are true Tsunami
victims. Although the officials said it can be prepared in few days we assume
it might take few weeks to go through the screening process. But we got their contact information so that
we can call and find out the progress on that.