The second phase of Indian Housing Project to construct 43,000 housing units for the resettled families in the Northern and Eastern Provinces will get off to a start on Tuesday.
The project will be started today in Mannar on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday with the participation of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K Kantha.
The High Commission of India signed agreements in July this year to award work to four Implementing Agencies (IAs).
UN-HABITAT, International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in partnership with Sri Lanka Red Cross, Sri Lanka National Housing Development Agency (NHDA) and Habitat for Humanity of Sri Lanka are the IAs.
This phase will be implemented under the owner-driven model where beneficiaries will be selected through a transparent and norm-based process on the basis of clearly defined and objective criteria.
The beneficiaries will construct and repair their houses with necessary technical assistance and support provided by the IAs. Funds will be released directly in three to four phases by the High Commission of India into the bank accounts of beneficiaries based on certification of progress of work.
For today's launch, 1,500 beneficiaries from across the northern region have been identified. Each beneficiary will receive 550,000 rupees in four installments to build their houses.
The construction of 43,000 houses for resettlement and rehabilitation of IDPs in Northern and Eastern Provinces is part of the overall commitment to build 50,000 houses announced by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during the State visit of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India in June 2010.
India has already handed over 1,000 houses in a pilot project to the resettled in Jaffna peninsula.
The entire Project is under full grant assistance of the Government of India with a total outlay of 30.6 billion rupees (approx. US $ 270 million).