The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India on Wednesday (03) denied reports that India-aided projects in Sri Lanka having been halted in retaliation to India voting against the island nation at the United Nations Human Rights Council and the extreme views which some Tamil Nadu parties have raised about civilian casualties during Colombo’s war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Most mega Indian projects were ahead of schedule and both countries were preparing to reopen their Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement to give bilateral trade a further impetus, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.
50,000 dwelling units
Mr. Akbaruddin especially mentioned the work of providing 50,000 dwelling units to the internally displaced people, which is one of India’s biggest projects in terms.
Phase two of the project, entailing the construction of 43,000 units, was ahead of schedule, while two railways lines being rebuilt at an India-provided line of credit of $800 millions in the Tamil-dominated areas too was ahead of schedule.