The Minister of Housing and Construction, Hon.Sajith Premadasa declared open the 26th model village “Sundaramahadevigama” at Boatta in Welikanda Divisional Secretariat in Polonnaruwa District on 27th April 2017 under the New Village Reawakening Programme.
The village Boatta belongs to Mahaweli “B” Zone which is nourished by Maduru Oya Reservoir under the Mahaweli Development Scheme. The aborigines of this village were an indigenous group of families who speak Tamil and an ancestral group of Tamil families. A number of families from remote areas were settled here under the Mahaweli Settlement Programme in 1986. Afterwards, some families have occupied in other areas as a result of the terrorism. The land kachcheri held for the selection of beneficiaries for the “Sundaramahadevigama” gave the high priority for the families of second generation of aborigines.
This village which consists of 29 new housing units was erected in a landscape of 6 acres in extent. Low interest rate housing loans were given by the National Housing Development Authority for the construction of “Sundaramahadevigama” under Community Participatory Housing Development Programme.
Following advantages were made to the people by vesting the “Sundaramahadevigama” model village in the public.
- Relevant ownerships were transferred to 29 recipient families of housing in the village.
- Scattered housing loans worth Rs.10 Million were granted to 100 low income families in the area.
- Housing aids valued at Rs.83, 600,000 were offered for 300 families with kidney disease.
- Occupational tool kits, uniforms and subjects related text books amounted to 11, 500,000 were supplied to 250 youths selected for giving the training under “Shilpa Saviya”
- Spectacles amounting to Rs.76, 000 were offered free for 95 blind persons.
- Water filters totaling to Rs.238, 000 were distributed to pre-schools in the area.