Mannar: India on Tuesday launched an ambitious Rs 1,300 crore housing project in northern Sri Lanka to build brand new homes for about 43,000 ethnic Tamil families displaced due to the civil war in the country.
The project, which is the second phase of the housing scheme, was launched in three districts of Mannar, Mullaitivu and Jaffna today on Mahatma Gandhi's 142nd birth anniversary by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K Kantha.
Tuesday's launch saw 1,500 Tamils and Muslims displaced due to the decades-old war getting certificates for building houses in lands either owned by them or given by the Government with Kantha announcing that 10,000 houses will be built by August 2013.
Rajapaksa and Kantha handed over certificates to the beneficiaries at Muslim-dominated Periyamadhu in Mannar district, Mallavi in Mullaitivu and Eluthumadduval in Jaffna district and interacted with them....more
09:04 PM, Oct 02, 2012