Fifty (50) plantation families in the Kegalle District received new homes recently as a part of an ongoing plantation sector welfare programme conducted in Regional Plantation Companies (RPC) estates to provide modern housing for plantation communities.
Plantation companies facilitate the process by allocating land to build new houses for plantation families.
According to the Planters Association of Ceylon, the representative body of the country’s 23 RPCs, the 50 houses are located in the Kiriporuwa Estate (20 houses) and the Panawatta Estate (30 houses).
“We provided seven perches of land per housing unit and facilitated the building process. The houses were funded by the Ministry of Livestock and Rural Community Development, in the form of a grant and a concessionary loan. A loan of Rs 200,000 was given by the ministry, at a very low 7.5% interest, to each family,” said Buddhi Gunasekara, the Group Manager of the Panawatta Group, Kelani Valley Plantations.
The new 540 sq ft houses that are built according to ministry specifications are expected to improve living standards of the recipient families.