Colombo, Oct 26 (PTI) Sri Lanka and India today signed two agreements for construction of 1,200 houses through 50 model villages in the island nation, using Indian grant assistance of 600 million rupees.
Two Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) were signed by Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Construction W K K Athukorala in Hambantota, the ColomboPage reported.
"Till now the Indian housing grants in Sri Lanka were limited to north and east and tea plantation area. Now they have extended assistance to provide housing in the southern district too," said Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa, who was present on the occasion.
India in 2012 began its north eastern project to build 50,000 houses which was later extended to cover the tea plantation areas in the central district.
In a statement, the Indian High Commission said 1,200 houses will be constructed using the successful owner driven model with Indian grant assistance.
Of these, 600 houses will be constructed in the Southern Province, while the remaining will be constructed across Sri Lanka - one model village in each of the 25 districts.
The project will target low income landless and homeless beneficiaries. A cash grant of five lakh Lankan rupees will be provided to each beneficiary in five instalments, linked to the stages of construction of the house.
These projects are in continuation of Government of India's commitment to assist the Government of Sri Lanka in the development of housing infrastructure, it said.
India had committed 50,000 houses for the IDPs in the North and East and out of which nearly 46,000 houses have been completed. Construction of 4,000 houses are currently underway in the plantation sector in Central and Uva Provinces.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had committed another 10,000 houses for beneficiaries in the plantation sector in May. PTI CORR ZH .
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