Amid the rampant floods and insistent rains that have recently caused severe damage and the evacuation of millions of people in Assam, Mancotta Tea Estate formally inaugurated and handed over new houses to 46 worker families of the tea estate.
The living quarters of each unit incorporate 2 bedrooms and a living room, each with a front and back veranda. The houses have been designed keeping the local weather conditions in mind; – a ventilator is installed in each room to keep the temperatures indoors cool and the windows have built-in meshing to provide adequate light and ventilation. Each unit incorporates a kitchen with raised chimney to roof level fitted with a Turbo Vent for smoke discharge and a firewood storage area, since traditionally in this region, food is cooked on wooden stoves. Every unit also has a private toilet and bath as well as a tubewell with raised concrete plinth connected to a concrete soak pit to prevent water stagnation.
Common facilities in the new housing colony of 23 double units include a children’s park, street lighting with 15 feet of broad road and proper drainage. The colony is fenced to offer protection to the residents and has common chambered concrete dustbins (three) for waste segregation ensuring hygienic living conditions.
“The new housing colony will provide accommodation to many families affected by rains and floods. This is an exceptional accomplishment,” commented Harkirat Singh Sidhu, consultant at Rainforest Alliance.
Workers celebrated the inauguration of the housing colony in presence of Dibrugarh MP Rameshwar Teli and Lahowal MLA Rituparna Baruah.
The officials present at the inauguration were impressed with the “model” workers lines and commended the initiative of the tea estate for their commitment towards improving living standards of the workers. They also urged the new residents to maintain the houses and ensure that the colony served as an example for other tea estates in the region to follow.
Mancotta Tea Estate is owned and operated by Dibrugarh-based Jalan Tea Group, which has five tea estates in Assam; four of which are Rainforest Alliance Certified (RAC). RAC helps to ensure that the cultivation and production of tea is done in a sustainable, environment and worker friendly manner.