India Assists in the of Revival of Atchchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna
: Six Contract Documents were signed between High Commission of India, Colombo and four Contractors in the premises of the Consulate General of India, Jaffna in the presence of High Commissioner of India, Ashok K Kantha, and Governor of Northern Province G. A. Chandrasiri.
Consul General of India in Jaffna Mr. V.Mahalingam was also present. The Contract was signed yesterday 24 February, by Mr. Suresh Menon, Consul, Consul General of India on behalf of High Commission of India and the respective Contractors.
Late in the evening a ground-breaking ceremony was performed at the Atchchuvely Industrial Estate and the work of construction was formally launched.
Speaking on the occasion, the High Commissioner said livelihood generation is an area of challenge and Jaffna which used to be the hub of 16 industries ranging from food processing, salt, specialized chemicals etc., employing over 3000 workers got completely damaged during the two decades of conflict. India’s objective is to help revive such industry and other small-scale industries.
In his remarks, G. A. Chandrasiri, Governor of Northern Province thanked the Government of India for undertaking this Project as well for other assistance provided for reconstruction and development of Northern Province through various others development projects.
The Project to set up the Atchchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna, which is expected to be completed by August 2013, would assist potential investors to commence business ventures by providing required infrastructure and utilities at the Industrial Zone. It will lead to flow of significant investments to increase production capacities in the sectors of textiles, plastic and leather products, food processing, agro-based industries, oil and fibre products, etc., thereby resulting in better utilization of local resources. The Project is being implemented under full grant assistance of the Government of India amounting to SLR 200 million. The Project undertakes to construct access roads, internal roads, water supply system with treatment plant, power supply, sewerage and waste disposal system, etc., as part of the requisite infrastructure at the Estate.
The Project is being implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development of the Government of Sri Lanka. Necessary technical expertise and project management services are being provided by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
Contract agreements to execute the Project were entered into earlier by the High Commission of India, Colombo with M/s Muruges Work and Construction, M/s Euroville Engineers (Pvt) Ltd., M/s Farzan Building Construction and M/s Building Services(M&E) Engineering(Pvt) Ltd.
India has been supporting projects for rehabilitation, resettlement and well-being of displaced persons in the Northern Province in the areas of shelter (through donation of roofing sheets & cement bags and construction & repair of houses under the Indian Housing Project for 50,000 houses), health-care (providing emergency medical relief, organizing artificial limbs refitment camps and equipping hospitals), livelihood generation (provision of fishing equipment, tractors, agricultural equipment and seeds), education (repairs of schools and setting up of vocational training centres) and infrastructure development (restoration of Northern Railway lines, rehabilitation of Palaly Airport and KKS Harbour).
- Asian Tribune -