Published On: Sun, Jul 31st, 2016

Over 2,200 acres returned to northern people – Army chief

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The northern people have so far been returned 2,221acres of the land acquired by the military during the war, says Army commander Lt. Gen. Krishantha de Silva.

Speaking to Sri Lanka Mirror, he said the land, both state and private, have been given back within a period of one-and-a-half years.

They include the Nadeswar School at Telippalai, said the Army chief.

The military still retains certain land owing to security reasons, but the civilians will be assisted to uplift their lives, he said.

War-displaced in camps

He went onto say that nearly 920 war-displaced families still lived in 31 camps, and that 490 of them never owned land.

Housing projects are underway for the returnees, including a 100-unit scheme at Keeramalai on a 47-acre area.

Both members of the military and rehabilitated LTTE members are engaged in building these houses. Lt. Gen. de Silva added.

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