Indian help to schools in Sri Lanka

A Hindustan Prefab official explaining to Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai the progress on the pilot housing project for the rehabilitated Tamils at the project site in Palai on Sunday. Behind the Foreign Secretary is Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha. Photo: R.K. Radhakrishnan   | Photo Credit: R_K_Radhakrishnan

About 42,000 students in Sri Lanka's Northern Province will have better facilities in their schools soon, after the Indian government took up a project to repair 79 damaged ones in the three districts of Kilinochchi, Mullaittivu and Vavuniya.

Following local open tendering, the Indian High Commission has awarded the contract to a Sri Lankan construction company.

The signing of the contract agreement was held on Monday, in the presence of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha.

The cost of repairs is in the range of Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) 0.50 million to 7.0 million depending on the size and number of buildings. The total cost of the project is LKR 187 million. It is expected to be completed in nine months from the award of contract.

The project has been conceived and finalised in partnership with the Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Education, in the Northern Province, said an Indian Mission release.

The technical monitoring and quality inspection during the construction process will be carried out by engineers and technical officers of Zonal Education Offices under the Provincial Ministry of Education.

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