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

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

today handed over the first lot of houses built for Indian-origin people in Sri Lanka's plantation areas.

joined a special ceremony through video conference at Dunsinane Estate, 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 thanked his Indian counterpart for the assistance.

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

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

Some 404 houses were handed over at the central district of

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 in any country.

"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 to facilitate pilgrims from is most welcomed.

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

First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 16:55 IST