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Major development programme underway in Northern Province with Indian Assistance

Sri Lanka's war-ravaged Northern Province is gearing for a new awakening with the completion of many infrastructure development projects, funded with Indian assistance, such as the construction of houses, school buildings, cultural centres and model villages, the Indian High Commission said.

New class room buildings are currently being constructed in 27 schools in the Northern Province at a cost of LKR 250 million. 10 school buildings have already been completed and inaugurated including the two buildings vested in students on Monday 28 in Jaffna.

The rest of the school buildings are expected to be handed over in the coming days, High Commission sources said.

The school buildings, in Navatkuli Mahavidyalam and Drieberg College were jointly declared open by the Deputy High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Dr. Shilpak Ambule and  the Governor of the Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan.

Apart from various projects undertaken for rehabilitation and resettlement, the Indian government has constructed a total of 46000 houses in the region so far.

The ‘1990 Suwaseriya’ Emergency Ambulance Services are also operational in a total of eight provinces including the Northern Province.

The ongoing development cooperation projects in the Northern Province under Government of India’s grant assistance included the construction of USD 12 million cultural centre in Jaffna, construction of 3000 rain water harvesting units, construction of 25 model villages consisting of 600 houses and the establishment of a Business/ICT incubator centre in Jaffna among others.

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