Colombo, February 24 (newsin.asia): In a special ceremony held on February 24, 2019 at Bridwell Estate in Bogawantalawa, in Nuwara Eliya district, 155 houses built under the Indian Housing Project were handed over to the beneficiaries jointly by Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe and the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu in the presence of Palani Digambaram, Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development.
Several Members of Parliament and Central Provincial Council, senior officials from Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT), Implementing Agency, Sri Lanka Red Cross, Bogawantalawa Regional Plantation Company and a large number of people from the region attended the function.
In his remarks, High Commissioner Sandhu congratulated the owners of the newly built independent houses. He underscored that the Indian Housing Project in Sri Lanka with a grant of over US$ 350 million (close to 50 billion LKR), is the largest Indian grant assistance project in any country abroad.
He also recalled that out of the total commitment of 63,000 houses, 47,000 houses had already been built.
The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Government of India for the development support extended to India.