India today handed over the first lot of houses built for Indian-origin people in Sri Lanka's tea plantation areas.
India had committed 60,000 houses, out of which 47,000 are ready, under the 'innovative Indian housing project', Modi said.
"Your roots are in India, they have grown in Sri Lanka. You have not just connected two countries, but also strengthened the hands of two great nations.... We are crafting a new future, a new high in India- Sri Lanka friendship," Modi told the gathering.
He said that at 350 million USD, it is one of the biggest grant assistance projects of India anywhere in the world.
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