Colombo, Feb 25 : The Indian Housing Project on Sunday handed over 155 houses to plantation workers in Hatton in Sri Lanka.
The houses were handed over to the beneficiaries jointly by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu in the presence of Palani Digambaram, Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development.
Funds worth 135 million rupees were allocated for the new housing scheme. Each housing unit has been constructed in 7 perches of land. Comprising with all infrastructure facilities, the housing scheme was built under the Green Villages concept of the government, Colombo page reported.
High Commissioner congratulated the proud owners of the newly built independent houses. He underscored that the Indian Housing Project in Sri Lanka with a grant of over US$ 350 million (close to Rs. 50 billion), was the largest Indian grant assistance project in any country abroad. He also recalled that out of the total commitment of 63,000 houses, 47,000 houses had already been built.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Government of India for the development support extended by India.
Expressing India's support for realization of Sri Lanka's developmental priorities, he reiterated Government and people of India's commitment to participate with the people of Sri Lanka in their journey towards greater peace and prosperity. (UNI)