Apr 28, Colombo: The Indian government has awarded the Erode in Tamil Nadu-based RPP Infra Projects 50-crore (USD 11.3 million) pilot project to build houses for the internally displaced people (IDPs) in Sri Lanka.
Under the project, the infrastructure company would build 1,000 houses for IDPs in two packages in Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, and Mannar districts in the northern and eastern provinces within an execution period of six months, India’s Business Standard reported.
India has undertaken to build 50,000 houses for the IDPs through the project.
Responding to Sri Lankan media reports that said the project is in limbo due to a dispute in bids, Indian government said yesterday that India has appointed M/s Hindustan Prefab Limited and M/s RPP Infra Projects Limited as Project Management Consultants and Contractors respectively to execute and implement the Pilot Project to build 1,000 houses.
“Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Project will be completed as per schedule and the housing units will be handed over to beneficiaries during the latter half of the year,” the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.