Oct 27, 2017

India assists in developing model villages

India and Sri Lanka have signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of 1200 houses through 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of SLR 600 million.

The MoUs were signed by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, and W.K.K. Athukorala, Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Construction, in the presence of . Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction.

The signing took place during a special ceremony held in Hambantota for vesting to the beneficiaries the Santhosagama model village completed under the Grama Shakti model village housing project at which high commissioner participated as a special guest.

The 1200 houses will be constructed using the successful owner driven model with Indian grant assistance.

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 SLR 5 lakh will be provided to each beneficiary in five installments, linked to the stages of construction of the house.