In a special ceremony held on January 20, 2019, at Dayagama West Estate in Nuwara Eliya District, 150 houses built under the Indian Housing Project were handed over to the beneficiaries jointly by Hon. Palani Digambaram, Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development and Hon. Gayantha Karunathilake, Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, Hon. V. Radhakrishnan, Non-Cabinet Minister for Special Area Development and Dr. Shilpak N. Ambule, Deputy High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka.
Several Members of Parliament and Central Provincial Council, officials from Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT),UN Habitat, representatives of Regional Plantation Companies and a large number of people from the Dayagama West Estate, attended the function.
Deputy High Commissioner in his remarks on the occasion, congratulated the proud 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), was 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.
Expressing India’s support for realization of Sri Lanka’s developmental priorities, he reiterated Government and people of India’s commitment to participate with the people of Sri Lanka in their journey towards greater peace and prosperity.