India starts Sri Lanka tea estate housing project
Feb 14, 2017 16:22 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT – Construction work has begun on a housing project for tea estate workers in Sri Lanka’s central hills, funded with a grant from India under its pledge to build 50,000 homes in the island.
Around 45,400 houses have already been completed in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka, and another 4,000 houses will be constructed in the Central and Uva Provinces, the High Commission of India said in a statement.
Work on the construction of 355 houses in the Bogawana estate in the hill country began on Monday, it said.
"Construction in two estates - Dunsinane and Diyagama West in NuwaraEliya - have already commenced,” it said.
The Indian government will release a grant to Sri Lanka of Rs950,000 per house in four tranches, linked to the physical progress, directly to the beneficiaries, the High Commission said.
The Estate Workers Housing Cooperative Societies will assist in the construction of the houses, while International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will provide technical assistance. (COLOMBO, Feb 14, 2017)