The Kellyden Tea Estate is a very picturesque site located 40 kms from Nagaon and 35 kms from Tezpur. The nearest airport is Tezpur / Guwahati and the nearest railway station is at Jakhalabandha . Thus the estate is well connected by road, rail & air. The world heritage site, “Kaziranga National Park” which is famous for its one horned rhino and its rich wildlife, is an hour’s drive away. It is also close to Salona reserve forest which is on the southern side of the estate and is an abode for wild elephants. On the eastern side are the looming Karbi Anglong hills. A broad gauge rail line also runs through the estate with two unmanned crossings. The estate has 3 divisions namely Misa, Kellyden & Hatigaon.
The tea estate also houses the biggest polypack unit of the company, with a capacity to pack 20 lakh kilograms of tea every month. This apart, Misa Polo Club which was established in 1888, has a 18 hole golf course with numerous outdoor and indoor game facilities.
The estate is one of the oldest among the plantations owned by Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. It was established around 1888. It was a proud moment for the estate when it listed its record crop of 19.77 lakh kilograms in 2005.
|Area under tea||874.44 hectares|
|Annual Production of CTC Tea||16.5 lakh kilograms|
Note of Interest
Years back, this estate was known as “Nijori Tea Estate.” During that period, the area was badly hit by Kala-zar and hundreds of people fell victim to this deadly disease. As word spread on the state of affairs, the estate earned a bad reputation, making it difficult for the management to bring contract labourers from the adjoining states of Chota Nagpur and Orissa. The management therefore decided to change the name of this estate to Kellyden Tea Estate.
The ‘Kalia Bhomora Bridge’ on the way to Tezpur has been named after an Ahom Minister.
Garden Produce & Production Facility
The tea estate has 121 tea sections and the capacity to produce 16.5 lakh kilograms of CTC tea at present which is the final product that it has to offer. The peak plucking season begins in July and ends in October. Generally, plucking commences from the last week of February or the first week of March and carries on till the end of December, after which pruning of the leaves begin.
Fresh green tea leaves from the garden are plucked and processed in the factory which is located within the Kellyden division of the estate and has the capacity to produce 20 lakh kilograms of CTC tea. The produce is packed in bulks for wholesale at the auction.
People Welfare Commitments
The estate has 1574 permanent workers and during the peak season the estate employs temporary workers mainly for plucking. The workers mainly belong to the ‘Advasi’ community. To accommodate the workforce there are 880 PLA approved quarters. These residences are spread out across 3 divisions and 11 worker’s colonies, maintained by the estate, free of cost. The present population of the estate is around 8000. To provide electricity to the quarters, the estate has 3 transformers and 1 genset.
The estate has a comprehensive healthcare system which includes a 48 bedded hospital and 2 out of hospital dispensaries. The central hospital is in the Kellyden division. The medical team in charge comprises of a Senior Medical Officer, 2 Welfare Officers , 3 pharmacists, 5 nurses and 1 Health Assistant. Periodic immunization and health check-ups are conducted by the estate. The estate also provides 880 latrines to maintain hygiene and cleanliness within its premises.
The estate has a government run lower-primary school in Hatigaon Division, and 2 estate-run lower-primary schools in Misa and Kellyden. There are around 450 students studying in these schools. There are also 16 Anganwadi centres to provide child development services.
With a vision to develop self sufficiency among the residing population, vocational training is provided by the estate. Art & craft and adult education is taught in the crèches at evening. There is also provision for yoga classes and free tuition for weak students to help them perform better at school. Training at these classes is provided by teachers, graduate students, women staff members and working officers.
The estate lays special emphasis on improving the lifestyle and standard of living of its women workers and residents. To look into the same, there are a number of operative groups in the estate which includes a mahila mandal, women health educators, adolescent girls’ club and link workers. They work to create awareness on various issues like the care of the girl child & their education, maternal & child health etc. These groups comprise of selected workers and educated girls from the community who have influence over the others. They are the ones instrumental in taking the estate’s health and welfare activities ahead.
There are 6 Self Help Groups functioning in the estate and they are Pragati SHG, Swabhiman SHG, Moromi SHG, Unnati SHG, Adarsha SHG and Junaki SHG.
Apart from these, there is an Estate Employee Council comprising of key staff members, workers etc who take part in the routine activities of the estate. They are all share holders and collectively discuss and resolve issues.
The estate encourages its workers to engage in recreational activities. Each of the 3 divisions have worker’s clubs which have been provided with TVs & carrom boards. Major events like Durga Puja, Republic Day, and Independence Day are all celebrated in the estate. Sporting events like Football, Volleyball, Cricket competitions and tournaments are held regularly.
The estate conducts basic training on disaster management in case a natural calamity arises. An team has been formed to meet such emergency situations and all important phone numbers kept at hand for use if the need arises.
Kellyden Tea Estate has endeavoured to keep its commitments towards protecting the environment and contributing in its own way to sustain nature.
The estate presently does not have any solar panels for power back up , however the implementation is in process. At present solar panels are used for recharging batteries of power fencing to check elephant depredation. Regular shut-downs are done during the day to ensure electricity consumption is within limits. The estate has switched to using CFLs in the bungalows and factories to conserve electricity.
The estate processes its waste materials by making vermi-compost from biodegradable jungle scrub and cattle manure.
Yearly section-wise soil samples are drawn and analysed by the estate’s R&D deptartment. Fertilizer requirement is based on the latest soil report.
Certifications & Awards
The Estate is SA8000 certified since August 2011 and also had a preliminary OHS audit in the beginning of 2013. the Estate is ISO 22000-2005 certified from February 2012, Trustea and Rain Forest Alliance.
Any award, local, regional, national, international-
2013-Winner, ABITA Zone 3 “Family Welfare Award”
2012-13 Winner, Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. Welfare Award.
2012 – R’Up, ABITA Zone 3 “Family Welfare Award”
The estate participated in “Operation Smile” Programme – part of International Conference of IC-4 during the year 2013.
“Awareness programme on Dental Health & Hygiene” – conducted voluntarily by Dr. Anhad Mehra, BDS during the year 2013-14.
Rejina Munda, 16 years and presently studying in class X was selected for the Handball national team.
Dipok Teli , 28 YEARS has been selected in S.S.B.