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Indian govt. to grant 50 houses for workers at Homadola Estate

Minister Arumugam Thondaman, Minister Ramesh Pathirana and Acting Indian High Commissioner Vinod K. Jacob unveil the plaque for the 50 houses on Homadola Estate, Udugama, Galle.
Minister Arumugam Thondaman, Minister Ramesh Pathirana and Acting Indian High Commissioner Vinod K. Jacob unveil the plaque for the 50 houses on Homadola Estate, Udugama, Galle.

At a special event held at Homadola Estate, Udugama, Galle yesterday, the foundation stone for the Indian Housing Project in the estate consisting of 50 houses was laid jointly by Acting High Commissioner of India Vinod K. Jacob, Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development Minister Arumugam Thondaman and Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

These houses are part of the 14,000 houses committed by India in the plantation sector for estate workers. The Indian Housing Project is the largest grant assistance programme of the India government abroad with a commitment of 60,000 houses. Of these, 46,000 houses have been completed and handed over in the North and the East. Of the balance 14,000 houses committed in the plantation areas for the estate community, over 2,500 have been completed to date.

In addition, the Indian government is also partnering with the Housing Ministry through National Housing Development Authority to construct 2,400 houses all across Sri Lanka under a village development programme.

These projects are part of Indian government’s commitment towards people-oriented development cooperation with the Sri Lankan government.

India’s overall commitment of development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at a total of around US$ 3.5 billion and of this, US$560 million is under grants.


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