“Sirijayagama” at Tissapura in Tissamaharama Divisional Secretariat Division in Hambantota District, the 20th model village under the current Village Reawakening Programme was vested in the public on 23rd February 2017 by Hon.Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction.
Tissapura is a pleasing village situated in a scrub area in Tissamaharama Divisional Secretariat Division in Hambantota District. This village has embraced with a long history which runs to the reign of King Kawantissa and now it has become a less populated area dominated by forest. This place has been resettled in 1960 which was replete with ferocious animals and reptiles. The “Lassana Wewa” in Tissapura might have helped peasants in some extent to continue with their chena cultivation tackling with animals inheriting the unkindness of the nature.
With the commencement of Lunugamwehera irrigation project in 1983 considerable transformation occurred in these areas in the regime of the President J.R.Jayawardhana. That irrigation project gave assistance to the dry environs around and consequent to that, the people of Matara, Hakmana,Ratnapura,Akuressa,Kamburupitiya, Hambantota etc. came here for the dwelling. By today, Tissapura is a village consists of 692 families and total population is 3.991. The majority of the people are trying to cope with the dry weather. They are very talented in manufacturing palmyra bags.
25 families accurately selected by land kachcheris held for the people deprived of lands in Tissapura Grama Niladhari Division and in neighboring divisions such as Molakapupathana, Gonagamuwa,Uduwila, Saliyapura and Wijayasiripura Grama Niladhari Divisions have now realized dream of their own house.
The construction work of “Sirijayagama” model village which was one of phases of Community Participatory Housing Development Programme was commenced in November 2015. The State Development and Construction Corporation provided their supervision and resource contribution in this endeavor. The land allocated for this village had an area of 4.5 acres and the area partitioned for each house was 20 perches in extent. This comprised of a formal access road and an internal road system. Each house was supplied with electricity and water.
A series of tasks was implemented for the people by vesting the “Sirijayagama” in the public
- The title deeds were given to 25 recipient families of housing in the village
- Scattered housing loans were granted to 500 low income families in the area bearing a sum of Rs.25,000,000
- Occupational tool kits, uniforms and subjects related text books amounted to Rs.11,600,000 were supplied to 500 youths selected for the construction training under “Shilpa Saviya
- Spectacles were offered free for 136 persons bearing a sum of Rs.108,000
- Aids for sanitary facilities were distributed for 377 families at the cost of Rs. 10,600,000
- A kidney disease clinic and a local medical clinic
- A land mobile service
- A mobile service programme for national identity cards