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India will construct a 150-bed hospital at Dickoya Sri lanka

New Delhi, March 9 (): Sri Lankan Tamils have a news to rejoice. India will construct a 150-bed hospital at Dickoya near Hatton in Central Province of Sri Lanka, at a cost of Rs 47.27 crore, to augment healthcare services in the region, which is home to a large number of Indian-origin Tamils.

An agreement for construction of the hospital  was signed here today by T S Tirumurti, Joint Secretary (Sri Lanka) in the Ministry of External Affairs and K R Tirumurahan, Managing Director, Green Valley’s Shelters (P) Limited, Chennai.

The hospital will be constructed under grant of Government of India ,which has allocated Rs 47.27 crores, an official statement said. The project is expected to be completed in 22 months.

India agreed to render assistance to Sri Lanka, recognizing the need for establishment of a well-equipped general hospital at Dickoya, the statement said.

The climate is cool, and many areas about 1500 metres often have chilly nights. The western slopes are very wet, some places having almost 7000 mm of rain per year. The eastern slopes are parts of the mid-dry zone as it is receiving rain only from North-Eastern monsoon. The Temperatures range from 24°C at Kandy to just 16°C in Nuwara Eliya, which is located 1,889 m above sea level. The highest mountains in Sri Lanka are located in the Central Province. The terrain is mostly mountainous, with deep valleys cutting into it. The two main mountain regions are the central massif and the Knuckles range to the east of Kandy.