Colombo, June 5 (newsin.asia): Work has started on the building of 300 houses under the Indian Housing Project for estate workers of Indian origin living in the Madakumbura Estate in Punduloya, and Vellaioya Estate in Hatton, both in Nuwara Eliya District.
Foundation stones for the houses were laid on June 4 by the Acting High Commissioner of India, Arindam Bagchi, the Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Palani Digambaram, the State Minister for Education V.S. Radhakrishnan, the Assistant High Commissioner of India in Kandy, Dhirendra Singh, and Member of Parliament Thilakaraj.
Members of Central Provincial Council, senior Government officials as well as officials from Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT), Plantation and Estate Management, participated in the ceremony. A large number of people from the Madakumbura Estate were also present.
In a similar ceremony held at Vellaioya Estate in Hatton on the same day, foundation stones for the construction of 50 houses were laid. Government Ministers were joined by Assistant High Commissioner of India in Kandy, Dhirendra Singh at the ceremony.
The Government of India has committed to building a total of 14,000 houses in the plantation areas ,including the 10,000 houses announced by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Around 1000 houses out of these are nearly complete.
The foundation stones laid at Madakumbura and Vellaioya Estates mark the start of another 3000 houses in phases in as many as 40 estates and around 70 locations or divisions.
UN Habitat is the implementing agency for the houses being constructed at Madakumbura Estate and IFRC/SLRC is the implementing agency for the houses in the Vellaioya Estate.
(Acting Indian High commissioner Arindam Bagchi unveiling the plaque at the foundation stones laying ceremony in Nuwara Eliya district in the presence of Minister P.Digambaram and V.S.Radhakrishnan)