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Tokyo Cement Group provides houses to 25 displaced families in Trinco

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Tokyo Cement Group in its commitment to enrich the country as a dedicated partner in nation building, provided housing for 25 families in in their own land in Adampodai, Nilaveli, Trincomalee who had been left homeless following the three-decade long war. This is the initial phase of a much larger project to uplift the lives of Internally Displaced Personnel in Trincomalee.

Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan was the Chief Guest at the simple ceremony held recently to hand over the houses to the beneficiaries. Having handed over keys to part of the 25 families, Sampanthan reminisced how he requested late Mr. Gnanam to provide job opportunities to people from the area on the day former President J.R. Jayewardene laid foundation for the Tokyo Cement Factory in 1984, and thanked the company for unreservedly fulfilling that request. He praised Tokyo Cement for going above and beyond its call of duty to the nation since then. He also commended the company for initiating the housing project, first for Tsunami victims and now for families returning from India as part of the resettlement program.

Mr. Ravindrakumar, General Manager - Factory of Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC, who spearheaded the entire project in liaison with the local authorities, observed that the provision of these houses is a kind gesture of the Company to provide shelter, bring relief and happiness to the unfortunate ones who had undergone miseries due to the turmoil in the island.

Ravindrakumar added that the new housing project was fully completed in just 10 months with each house costing around Rs. 2.3 Million. Each house is built on a 10-perch plot of land and is fully fledged with all basic amenities along with paved roadways, a community center and a children's park. Upon completion, Tokyo Cement made extra effort to make the newly-built, spacious 2-bedroomed house a home from day one for its occupants, by furnishing it with a bed and a wardrobe, signifying the fresh start for a community of over 100 people.

Reports say that the foundation for a housing project for 25 IDP families was laid on 5th May 2017, in commemoration of late Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam, Founder Chairman of Tokyo Cement Group. Incumbent Chairman of Tokyo Cement, President's Counsel Dr. Harsha Cabral presided over the foundation laying ceremony which was part of a string of events that marked the late pioneer's birth anniversary. The housing project adjoins Tokyo Cement Tsunami Housing Scheme built in 2009 by the Tokyo Cement Tsunami Relief Trust, and 25 families affected by the tsunami received deeds to the houses from HE the President during the same commemoration ceremony.

Less than a year later, on 21st March 2018 the new housing scheme for IDPs was declared open by Opposition Leader - R. Sampanthan MP, in the presence of Mr. N.A.A. Pushpakumara, Government Agent and District Secretary of Trincomalee, Dr. Harsha Cabral P.C., Chairman and Mr. Christopher Fernando, Executive Director of Tokyo Cement, amidst a gathering of management and staff, beneficiaries of the project and government officials in the area. The beneficiaries to receive houses were chosen among hundreds of IDP families who were living under dire circumstances for decades by an evaluation committee headed by the GA comprised of the Divisional Secretary and local government officials.

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