Aug 27, Jaffna: The Government of India has granted Sri Lanka Rs. 365 million for two major development projects in Jaffna, the capital city of Sri Lanka's Northern Province.
The Indian government has granted Rs. 145 million to renovate the Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna and another Rs. 220 million to set up the Atchchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna.
The Atchchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna district was inaugurated Wednesday (August 27) by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and High Commissioner of India Y.K. Sinha at a function held at Atchchuvely.
Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda Governor of Northern Province G.A. Chandrasiri, Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and Mayor of Jaffna Yogeswary Patkunarajah also attended the function.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Devananda noted that the Government of India has been providing assistance for a variety of projects covering different sectors to help the people of Sri Lanka.
The High Commissioner, in his remarks, emphasized that India and Sri Lanka share a dynamic and multi-faceted relationship, rooted in history, language, culture, religion and trade These relations have matured and diversified with the passage of time, encompassing all areas of contemporary relevance.
The Industrial Estate is expected to attract potential investors, from within and outside Sri Lanka, by providing suitable infrastructure and amenities.
Minister Basil Rajapaksa and the Indian High Commissioner also laid the foundation stone of the project to renovate the Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna today.
The Duraiappah Stadium, named in honor of a former Mayor of Jaffna, the Late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, is being renovated at a cost of Rs. 145 million, and the project is scheduled to be completed by May 2015.
The project involves renovation of the main pavilion and secondary pavilion, setting up of a gymnasium, setting up of a playground with 400m track, external works including perimeter fencing and gates, toilet blocks, water supply network and associated structures, stores and external waste and sewer disposal network, sprinkler system for the ground, flood light system for the playground, etc.
The contract for executing the renovation work has been awarded to M/s Wahid Construction. The project will be implemented under full grant assistance of the Government of India, in cooperation with the Ministry of Sports and the Jaffna Municipal Council. Necessary technical expertise and project management services would be provided by the Government of Sri Lanka through Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB).
Once completed, the renovated Stadium will provide the necessary infrastructure to promote sports and recreational activities, and benefit about 50,000 students from different schools and educational institutions in the Northern Province. By promoting sporting talent in the region, the project also aims to assist the overall development of the youth of the Northern Province.
As part of its Development Cooperation Partnership with Sri Lanka, the Government of India has attached high priority to education, research and sports.
India has been implementing a variety of multi-sectoral projects in Sri Lanka based on the needs and priorities identified by both countries. India's portfolio of development projects now encompasses virtually all major sectors of the economy, including housing, infrastructure, education, health, agriculture, fisheries, industry, handicrafts and culture. A major share of the resources are devoted for the Housing Project involving construction of 50,000 houses and with a commitment of over US$ 270 million, thereby making it the flagship project of Indian grant assistance to Sri Lanka.