UNOPS suspends post tsunami school reconstruction projects in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 December 2007, 18:35 GMT]
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) suspended its construction works in two schools in Vaveddiththu'rai (VVT) in Vadamaraadchi that were affected by Tsunami, due to the prevailing unstable condition in Jaffna peninsula besides encountering difficulties in procuring construction materials for its school building projects, education officials in Vadamaraadchi said. The latest suspension of Tsunami projects in VVT comes as many International NGOs and local agencies, which had engaged in Tusnami relief and rehabilitation projects in the peninsula, had already stopped their work due to the abnormal atmosphere prevailing in the Sri Lanka Army controlled Jaffna.

UNOPS had begun construction of school buildings for Sivakuru Viththiyaalayam and the Roman Catholic School at Valveddiththu'rai in Vadamaraadchi.

These two schools operate in temporary sheds now.

The construction work has been suspended by UNOPS and the work remains at foundation level.

The UNOPS officials did not comment on being asked whether the projects have been completely abandoned with the funds allocated going unused.

The projects have been handed over the construction work to the Education Department in Jaffna, they said.

Though many organizations had volunteered to build houses for Tsunami victims in Vadamaraadchi, not even a third of the houses needed have been completed.

The NGOs and agencies have suspended the service of their local staff and sent back their foreign personnel back to their countries because of the risky atmosphere prevailing in Jaffna peninsula, civil society sources in Jaffna said.

Even local building materials like sand and bricks needed for construction work are difficult to obtain while a bag of cements is sold around 2000 rupees in Jaffna when it is available for 600 rupees in Colombo.

Closure of A9 land route, the only trunk road to Jaffna from rest of Sri Lanka, since August 2006, has halted the flow of essential food provisions, and medical supplies to Jaffna Peninsula. Colombo has continued to ignore the pleas of the civil society and aid agencies to open the A9 land route.


Latest 15 Reports
12.07.20 10:04  
Sinhala Police OIC hit Tamil women with vehicle for opposing monks-led heritage ‘task force’
11.07.20 03:40   Photo
CBK, Kadirgamar condemned at Navaali genocidal massacre remembrance event
10.07.20 00:05   Photo
SL Police harasses Shivajilingam at 25th Remembrance of Navaali massacre in Jaffna
09.07.20 09:33  
SL Navy brutally assaults Tamil fishers in Mullaith-theevu
08.07.20 16:33   Photo
Sinhala colonists encroach into Kangku-veali, Mean-kamam reservoirs in Trincomalee
07.07.20 19:36   Photo
Colombo schemes to expand ilmenite scooping into North from Pulmoaddai in East
06.07.20 19:06  
Colombo transfers Tamil Political Prisoners to notorious Anuradhapura prison
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
Find this article at: