Sunday, February 18, 2018 01:13:08 PM

Tamils Compelled to Live in Arcelor Mittai’s Pre-fabricated PVC and Steel Houses Unsuited to Warm Climate and Culture of Northern Lanka

By - Wed Mar 30, 1:17 am

The compromise reached by the Sri Lankan government and the Lankan construction industry on the controversial issue of building 65,000 houses for the war displaced in the Tamil-majority Northern Province, has left the affected Tamils with no choice but to live in Arcelor Mittal’s flimsy, pre-fabricated PVC and steel houses, unsuited to the warm climate and culture of North Lanka.

Sources in the Lankan builders’ consortium, Major Constructors of Sri Lanka (MCSL), told Express that as per the compromise, Lakshmi Mittal’s company, ArcelorMittal, will build 65,000 its type of houses in the North, as already planned, and the MCSL will build 65,000 brick and mortar houses elsewhere.

Earlier, the MCSL had sent a proposal to build brick and mortar houses in the North, given the unsuitability and high cost of the ArcelorMittal model, but ArcelorMittal used its high connections to swing the deal. Subsequent political protests led to a compromise.

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