Colombo: Sri Lankan government is appreciative of the Indian assistance in rebuilding its conflict-ravaged north.
This was conveyed today to visiting Minister of Culture, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja by Sri Lankan Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa.
The Indian assistance in the reconstruction of the A9 highway and rebuilding of the northern railway were appreciated by Rajapaksa.
He also took note of the reconstruction work in the electricity transmission network and building of new bridges as part of the resettlement programme in the former conflict zones.
Selja -- who was leading the Indian delegation that brought here the sacred Kapilavastu relics of the Buddha which were received by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday -- said she visited Mannar in the north to inaugurate the restoration works at the Thiruketheeswaram Temple and was able to observe the development work taking place in the area.
She was content with the progress in the rehabilitation and reconstruction projects started with Indian assistance.
Basil Rajapaksa said India had helped at every stage providing basic equipment and food for camps of internally displaced people, donating 50,000 houses for resettlement and helping in building hospitals, schools and irrigation facilities.
The Indian help also came in the form of demining, donating tool kits to farmers and providing project finance.