Feb 14, Colombo: Construction of the third set of houses in the Central and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka commenced yesterday in Bogawana estate in Hatton.
Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development Palani Digambaram and Deputy High Commissioner of India, Arindam Bagchi jointly laid the foundation stone for the construction of 355 houses in Bogawana estate under grant basis on 13 February 2017.
Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan, and State Minister of Education V.S. Radhakrishnan, also took part in the event.
This project is part of Government of India's commitment to construct 50,000 houses in Sri Lanka. Around 45,400 houses have already been completed in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Another 4,000 houses will be constructed in the Central and Uva Provinces. Construction in two estates-Dunsinane and Diyagama West in Nuwara Eliya-have already commenced.
The total grant of Rs. 950,000 per house is released in four tranches, linked to the physical progress, directly to the beneficiaries. The Estate Workers Housing Cooperative Societies will assist in construction of the houses. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will provide the technical assistance.
The project will be implemented in close consultation with the Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development and Plantation Human Development Trust.