Houses for 10,500 plantation families
COLOMBO: The Government is investing Rs. 1,250 million to provide
housing facilities to plantation workers in 2006. Under the guidance of
the Estate Infrastructure and Livestock Development Ministry, the
National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) will implement the estate
housing programme in 13 districts.
This programme has implemented 599 housing projects in Nuwara Eliya,
Badulla, Kandy, Matale, Ratnapura, Galle, Kurunegala, Moneragala,
Kegalle, Matara, Kalutara, Puttalam and Colombo districts. Under the
project 10,530 housing units will be constructed in 2006. Up to July 31,
8,534 housing units were completed.
The programme's main objective is to uplift the living conditions of
the plantation workers by providing housing facilities with
re-development of line rooms and construction of new houses and two
The Ministry of Estate Infrastructure and Livestock Development will
provide a Rs. 100,000 loan to each plantation worker family through the
NHDA. The Plantation Trust Fund will provide the building material as a
The entire programme will be implemented in plantation areas under
several sub programmes. The self - help housing programme is one of the
key sub programmes. Under this programme, 4,400 housing units are to be
constructed in 2006. A special programme will be implemented to re-roof
the present line rooms and within this year it has been targeted to
re-roof 1,747 line rooms.
Two storeyed houses and twin houses will be constructed within the
estate premises and 613 housing units will be constructed. In addition
8,170 housing units will be constructed under different sub housing
projects in the estate sector with NHDA technical assistance.