India and Sri Lanka signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) yesterday for constructing of 1,200 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 during a special ceremony in Hambantota to hand over Santhosagama model village completed under the Gram Shakti Model Village Housing Project to people. The Indian 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 500,000 will be provided to each beneficiary in five installments, at different stages of construction.