First model village built under Sri Lanka-India partnership handed to residents
Jul 06, 2019 16:59 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ALL SMILES: Houses built under a model villages project with Indian government assistance was handed over to residents in Ranidugama, Gampaha on Saturday. Source: India High Commission Photo.
ECONOMYNEXT- The first of 100 model villages to be built in Sri Lanka with Indian assistance was handed over to the residents in Ranidugama, Gampaha on July 06, a statement said.
The Indian High Commission said that the village and houses were ceremonially handed over in the presence of parliamentarians, leaders from Western Province, senior state officials and residents in the region.
India has partnered with the Ministry of Housing and Construction & Cultural Affairs to build the 100 model villages with 2,400 houses across Sri Lanka under an Indian grant of 1.2 billion rupees, the statement said.
These 2400 houses are in addition to the 60,000 houses built under the Indian Housing Project meant for war affected people in the North and East and the estate workers in the plantation areas, the Indian High Commission said.
The diplomatic mission said that India has undertaken over 70 people-oriented development projects in Sri Lanka across various fields including health, education, housing, skill development, infrastructure and vocational training
One of the projects includes the largest University Auditorium in Ruhuna University in Matara.
About 20 such projects are currently under progress.
The overall development portfolio of Government of India in Sri Lanka is close to 3 billion US dollars,out of which 560 million US dollars are in grants, the statement said. (Colombo/Jul06/2019)