Pakistan launches housing project in Sri Lanka

Pakistan launches housing project in Sri Lanka

Pakistan launches housing project in Sri Lanka

Written by Staff Writer

15 Oct, 2014 | 10:28 am

The Hindu reports that Pakistan has launched a housing project in Mannar, where India is currently building 6,000 homes for families displaced during Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Qasim Qureshi recently had handed over a cheque of $1 million to Sri Lanka’s Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen for the project to build 220 homes in Mannar, a coastal district in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province.

Pakistan — a vocal supporter of Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council — has also assured Sri Lanka of all possible support in future, a press statement said.

Mr. Bathiudeen on Tuesday had told The Hindu that each family would be given a sum of LKR 5,50,000 (approximately Rs.2.6 lakh).

“The model is exactly like the Indian housing project’s owner-driven model where the same amount is given to the beneficiary in instalments, at different stages of progress,” he said. The owner of the home builds it.

According to The Hindu, while India has roped in agencies such as the U.N. Habitat to help implement it in different villages, Pakistan will hand over the money to the Sri Lankan government which, in turn, will disburse it through local government agents.

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