Regional plantation companies complete 39,150 new homes for real estate workers – Lanka Business Online
October 22, 2020 (LBO) – The Ceylon Planters Association (PA) has welcomed the comprehensive steps taken by regional plantation companies (RPCs) to complete 39,150 houses for plantation workers on their plantations.
On World Habitat Day earlier this month, PA said an additional 10,000 homes will be built over the next 5 years and handed over to registered property workers, by the Plantations Human Development Trust ( PHDT), a tripartite organization of the PRC, the plantation unions and the government of Sri Lanka. .
Currently, there are 251,950 resident families on RPC domains with a total population of just over one million; however, the total number of registered workers is only 135,000. Of the total resident families on the RPC estates, 16% have new houses while 57% have had their roofs rebuilt.
Modular in design, each house sits on a 7 perch lot with a built-up area of 550 square feet at a cost of LKR 1 million each. Each house is equipped with 2 bedrooms, a living area, a kitchen, a toilet and a water hose. Around the house is a space of 3 perches which could be used for home gardening.
“Human resources are the backbone of the industry and the various housing projects reiterate our commitment to improving the lifestyle and well-being of our working population,” explained the President of the Planters Association. from Ceylon, Bhathiya Bulumulla, who is also the Managing Director of Aitken. Spence’s Elpitiya Plantations PLC.
Bulumulla went on to note that the Plantations Companies in Sri Lanka have continuously stressed the importance of improving lifestyles in the fields and have done their utmost to provide housing for the 135,000 workers, as well as the more one million inhabitants, most of whom are employed. somewhere else.
“We have taken concrete steps in recent years to improve the amenities of our estates,” he explained, adding that the roof repair is being done on a temporary basis. “The demand for housing is immense and building new housing for all takes considerable time and resources. Until the families receive new housing, the roof will be repaired to secure the existing infrastructure ”.
“With the tea industry being one of the major contributors to the national economy, the challenge of maintaining a productive workforce is vital and we need all stakeholders to know about the infrastructure developments being made on the plantations and see the industry in a positive light, ”he said.
“Plantation Human Development Trust remains committed to the development of housing infrastructure, health and social welfare of its plantation workers,” Bulumulla explained who went on to note that projects are on track despite slight delays. due to setbacks due to the Covid pandemic; “However, this agenda remains the top priority despite the challenges we face in many ways.”