British Asia News Network
India and Sri Lanka signed two MoU today for developing 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of Rs. 600 million. High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Construction Bernard Vasantha signed the MoUs in the presence of Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa.
The agreement was signed during a special ceremony held in Hambantota for vesting to the beneficiaries the Sathsurugama model village completed under the Grama Shakti Model Village Housing Project.
The 1200 houses under 50 Model Villages are in addition to the 1200 houses (50 Model villages) under construction in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Construction. With this, total houses to be built stands at 2400 and 100 villages.
The houses will be constructed using the successful owner driven model with Indian grant assistance. As per the new MoUs, 600 houses each will be constructed in the Southern and Northern Provinces. This project will benefit landless and low income people. A cash grant of Rs. 500,000 will be provided to each person. In total India’s commitment to build houses stands at 63,000.