Apr 24, Nuwara Eliya: India today initiated the third and final phase of the Indian Housing Project laying foundation stone to construct 4,000 houses in the Central and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka.
High Commissioner of India, Y. K. Sinha, and Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Palani Digambaram in the presence of Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan and State Minister of Education V.S. Radhakrishnan jointly laid the foundation stone for the third phase of the Indian Housing Project at Dunsinane Estate in Nuwara Eliya District on 24 April.
As part of Government of India's commitment to construct 50,000 houses in Sri Lanka, 4000 houses will be constructed in the Central and Uva Provinces as the third and final phase of the project.
The houses in the estates will be constructed through the Estate Workers Housing Cooperative Societies (EWHCS), which will facilitate construction in consultation with the beneficiaries.
The services of four Implementing Agencies (UN-Habitat, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Habitat for Humanity and National Housing Development Authority) who have been providing necessary technical assistance and support under the second phase involving construction of 45,000 houses in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, will be utilized for the Project.
High Commission of India would release payment of a total of Rs. 950,000 per house in four tranches, linked to the physical progress, directly to the special bank account operated by the EWHCS. The beneficiaries will be selected through a transparent and norm-based process on the basis of clearly defined and objective criteria.
Government of Sri Lanka has earmarked an area of 7 perches per family for 1,134 houses and hence only 1,134 houses will be taken up for construction initially. Government of India will commence construction of the remaining 2,866 houses as soon as land is made available.
The project will be implemented in close consultation with the Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development and Plantation Human Development Trust.
MP M. Thilakarajah, Central Provincial Council members, Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development Mrs. Ranjini Nadarajapillai, Secretary, Chairman, Plantation Human Development Trust V. Puththirasigamoney, CEO, Elpitiya plantations Bathiya Bulumulla and Assistant High Commissioner of India in Kandy Ms. Radha Venkataraman were also present during the ceremony.