Indian Housing Project

Indian Housing Project


       In June 2010, the Government of India announced that it would construct 50,000 houses as part of post-conflict rehabilitation efforts. The Project is being implemented as full grant assistance amounting to USD 270 million from the Government of India, making it one of the largest grant assistance projects ever undertaken by India overseas.

Under the pilot phase of the Project, which was completed in July 2012, the Government of India entrusted an agency to construct 1,000 houses for beneficiaries in all the five districts of the Northern Province.

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The second phase, launched on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October 2012, aimed to construct or repair 45,000 houses in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. An innovative owner-driven model has been pursued to implement the second phase, wherein the Government of India arranged technical support and financial assistance for the owner-beneficiaries to undertake the construction / repair of their houses themselves. Financial assistance of SLR 550,000 per beneficiary (SLR 250,000 in case of repair of the house) is released in stages, and transferred directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries by the High Commission of India. The project is being implemented in close consultation with the Government of Sri Lanka and other stakeholders. The highest standards of objectivity and transparency have been followed, both for beneficiary selection and payment mechanism.

The Indian Housing Project continues to make excellent progress with 44434 houses completed as on July, 2017 under the second phase.

Third phase of the Indian Housing Project involves construction of 4000 houses for estate workers in the Central and Uva Provinces through an innovative community- driven approach. In this phase, financial grant assistance LKR 9,50,000 is being disbursed per beneficiary in installments. Construction work of third phase houses started in October 2016 and the first lot of 200 houses is expected to be complete by end of this year.

Apart from the 50,000 houses, Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi announced an additional 10,000 houses for the estate workers, during his visit to Sri Lanka on 12 May, 2017