A Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting on the Construction of Sanitation Units and Toilets in Batticaloa District was convened today under the co-chairmanship of Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Vinod K. Jacob, and Mr. Gunadasa Samarasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Sri Lanka. The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of the District Secretariat, Batticaloa, and other relevant stakeholders.

The construction of sanitation units in Batticaloa is being undertaken as a grant project by the Government of India. The PSC Meeting held today focused on the revision of modalities for fast-tracking the construction of over a thousand sanitation units in Batticaloa District to enhance the public health conditions of the people in the region. This project is a reflection of India’s continued commitment to carry out human-centric projects in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

India’s overall development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at more than USD 5 billion, with nearly USD 600 million being grants. Close to 65 grant projects have already been carried out across the 25 districts of the country. Currently, over 20 grant projects are at various stages of implementation. The Indian Housing Project and the 1990 Suwaseriya Ambulance Service are among the flagship grant projects implemented by India in Sri Lanka.