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India hands over to people 1st lot of houses built in Sri Lanka


PTI Last Updated at 12 Aug 2018, 16:08 IST

Colombo, Aug 12 (PTI) India today handed over the first lot of houses built for Indian-origin people in Sri Lanka's tea plantation areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined a special ceremony through video conference at Dunsinane Estate, Nuwara Eliya to hand over the houses built under the Indian Housing Project in Plantation Areas.

It is the largest Indian assistance project in any country with a grant of over USD 350 million.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked his Indian counterpart for the assistance.

"I thank the Prime Minister Modi. He has kept the promise he made last year," Wickremesinghe said.

Modi said that India continues to keep Sri Lanka in a special place in its neighbourhood first policy.

Some 404 houses were handed over at the central district of Nuwara Eliya.

Out of the 60,000 houses, close to 47,000 have been completed so far, Modi said, adding that the USD 350 million grant to build the houses was one of the largest grants by India in any country.

"Sri Lanka has been special for us, and it will remain special," Modi said.

Wickremesinghe, recalling the historical links between India and Sri Lanka, said Modi's suggestion today to establish direct air links between Colombo and Varanasi to facilitate pilgrims from Sri Lanka is most welcomed.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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