As India extended its credit lines to assist Sri Lanka during the ongoing economic crisis, it has also actively pursuing development projects to secure geopolitical and bilateral interests in its backyard, the Sunday times reported.
In recent weeks, the neighbouring country has also been careful to assert that the extension of it credit lines should not be perceived by the people as supporting the Sri Lankan government which is under tremendous pressure to vacate office.
This week, Raakesh Natraj, the Indian Consul General based in Jaffna Consul visited three islets off the Northern peninsula – Delft, Nainathivu and Analaithivu – where India agreed to setup renewable energy projects after it vehemently opposed the move of allowing a Chinese company to gain a foothold in the North on the basis of ‘security concerns.’
The three islets are located in close proximity to the Indian coast. Earlier, the US$ 12 million projects were awarded to MS/Sinosar-Etechwin Joint Venture in China.
Local Divisional Secretaries and officials accompanied the Indian delegation during the field inspection of lands that are going to be utilised for the projects.