The capital city of Colombo has 1499 slum areas covering 900 acres or 10% of the City area and the number of families living in these unhygenic dwellings have been identified as 68,812. The Ministry Of Urban Development plans to utilize 300 acres for new housing projects, 150 acres for urban beautification and 450 acres for projects under direct foreign investment once these high value spaces are cleared.
Nearly 4000 units have been completed and given to shanty dwellers, free of charge. A 450 sq.ft. unit consists of 2 bedrooms, living room, pantry, bathroom and a balcony. The high-rises are equipped with elevators and have recreation areas, 26,000 units will be constructed under Phase 1 and Phase 2.