India to assist Sri Lanka in construction of 1,200 houses


Sri Lanka and India 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.

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.