New Delhi/Colombo, Aug 12 (UNI) A special ceremony was held at Dunsinane Estate, Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka on Sunday to hand over first lot of houses built under Indian Housing Project in Plantation Areas.
Its the largest Indian grant assistance project in any country with a grant of over USD 350 million.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address through video conference on the occasion, congratulated the proud owners of the newly built independent houses.
Highlighting the uniqueness of the participatory owner-driven approach of the Indian Housing Project where in the beneficiaries actively participate in building the houses, he underscored that the Indian Housing Project in Sri Lanka with a grant of over US$ 350 million, was the largest Indian grant assistance project in any country abroad.
He also recalled that out of the total commitment of 60,000 houses by India close to 47,000 houses have been built.
He further recalled the launch of expansion of the pre-hospital Emergency Ambulance Service all over Sri Lanka last month, commencement of Air India flights from Colombo to Varanasi in August 2017 and signing of agreement for construction of 10,000 houses in the plantation areas.
Prime Minister Modi expressed satisfaction that promises made during his visit to Sri Lanka last year have been kept.
Maintaining that Sri Lanka has been and will remain special for India, he reiterated Government and People of India’s commitment to be with the people of Sri Lanka in their journey towards greater peace and prosperity.
Prime Minister Ranil Wikeremesinghe appreciated India’s commitment to partner with Sri Lanka in development projects including in building houses for in Upcountry areas.
Several Members of Sri Lankan Parliament and Central Provincial Council, senior Government officials as well as officials from Plantation Human Development Trust(PHDT), Regional Plantation Companies and a huge number of people from the Dunsinane Estate, close to 1500, including the beneficiaries of the houses and their families attended the function, a statement from Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said.