India-funded Gandhi Nagar village inaugurated in eastern Sri Lanka
Saturday August 3, 2019 17:25
ECONOMYNEXT- Gandhi Nagar, a model village built in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, with help from India was inaugurated on Saturday, the Indian High Commission said.
The village is the second of 100 model villages being built with Indian assistance.
It is named after Mahatma Gandhi, India’s Father of the Nation, on his 150th birth anniversary.
Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Housing & Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa handed over the houses to residents.
The model villages project will build 2,400 houses across Sri Lanka with an Indian grant of 1.2 billion rupees.
These 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.
India has funded over 70 development projects Sri Lanka including in health, education, housing, skills development and infrastructure, totalling 3 billion US dollars, of which 560 million US dollars are grants. (Colombo/Aug03/2019)