Indian housing project in northern Sri Lanka nears completion

ECONOMYNEXT – A project to build 46,000 homes for people displaced by war in Sri Lanka’s north and east funded with a grant of 270 million US dollars is nearing completion, the Indian High Commission said.
Up to 31 December 2015, a total of 43,800 houses have been completed, with 3,827 new houses built in the Northern Province and 2,051 in the Eastern Province last year alone, it said in a statement. Another 502 damaged houses were repaired in the Northern Province.

“Only 2,200 houses remain to be constructed or repaired in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, which is expected to be completed during the next few months,” the statement said.

The third phase of the project, to construct 4,000 houses in the island’s Central and Uva Provinces through a community-driven approach, will be launched very shortly, the High Commission said.

An innovative owner-driven model is being pursued in building the 45,000 houses in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, it said.

The Indian government arranges technical support and financial assistance for the owner-beneficiaries to undertake construction and repair of their houses themselves.

Each beneficiary gets 550,000 rupees for a new home or 250,000 rupees in case of repair with the funds released in stages and transferred directly into their bank accounts by the High Commission of India.

“The highest standards of objectivity and transparency are being followed, both for beneficiary selection and payment mechanism,” the Indian High Commission said.
(Colombo/January 01, 2016)


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