Hattigor, as it is known locally, literally translated means – elephant (hatti) and Trench or Moat (English translation of the Assamese word ‘Gorh’). The tea estate was used for trapping elephants, prior to planting tea.
The tea-estate is located in a potentially drought prone area of Udalguri. It is ensconced between Bhola River & the Army Camp in the east; Maranadi River & Beltola Village in the west; Jorapukhuri Village & Majuli Tea Estate in the north; and finally, Purana Hatigarh and Teliapara Village in the south.
The Hattigor Tea Estate is well connected by Road, Railway & Air communications. The climate, here, is hot & humid. The Estate receives an average annual rainfall of 150 to 200 cm.
It was in the year 1893 that the foundation of this tea estate was laid. Prior to tea planting, the estate was used for trapping elephants. The first tea here was planted by Tea & Land Company (India) Ltd. Thereafter, James Finlay took over Hattigor. During early eighties, the establishment came under the acquisition of Tata Tea. And finally, the reins of Hattigor tea estate, was taken over by.
|Mature Area||915.02 hectares|
|Immature Area||62.19 hectares|
|Total Tea Area||977.21 hectares|
|VP Nursery||1.75 hectares|
|Land Used for Bungalows||3.05 hectares|
|Area not suitable for tea||54.17 hectares|
|Land used for Roads, Drains etc.||93.97 hectares|
|Land used for Alternate Crops (Black Pepper & Fishery)||3.32 hectares|
|Land occupied for building & establishments||66.16 hectares|
|Total Production of Tea||43.45 lakh kilograms|
|Total Estate Area||1360.70 hectares|
Note of Interest
In the ancient time, it was the land for the King of AHOM’s captured elephant.
It must be noted here that, during the Indo-China war, Hattigor served as the resting camp for the Indian military force. The estate used to store ration and the supply of medicines for the army.
Garden Produce & Production Facility
Hattigor, spread across 1360.70 hectares and has a cultivation area of 977.21 hectares. The tea estate has the capacity to produce 2.5 lakh kilograms of CTC tea & Orthodox Tea, which are the final product that it has to offer. The plucking season here, begins in March, runs through the rest of the year and ends in December.
Fresh green tea leaves from the garden are plucked and processed in the factory which is located within the estate. The produce is manually sorted and individually graded. They are then packed separately into PP woven sacks, sealed and marked with hand-rollers using non-porous ink.
People Welfare Commitments
Hattigor has 1507 actual labour; and, a statutory labour strength of 1947 workers. Additionally, there are 40 staff members, 50 sub-staff members and 26 artisan staff. The estate’s workforce comprises of various ethnic groups which have migrated from various parts of the country viz. Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.
The estate has residential population of 5566 workers. Close to the labour colony, there is a hospital, with the capacity of 69 beds, which provides them medical treatment as and when they need it. Preventive immunisation for workers as per government protocols are also methodically carried out. The estate has a highly dedicated medical team with 30 years of experience, lead by Dr. S. K. Mitra and Dr. D. P. Sarmah. .
Also, to safeguard their health and hygiene, scientifically designed drains have been built to remove sewage waste from their quarters
To safeguard the health of women, Tata Swach and Smokeless Chulahs have been provided in each of the labour quarters.
For the children, the estate runs two schools in addition to the three government primary schools that already exist. There are 190 students currently studying in these schools. Additionally, there are two Child Care Centres with the provision for playing as well as other entertainment items.
Mahila mandals and other dedicated committees such the EEC look into facilitating the community’s participation in different affairs. In the neighbouring villages, the estate organizes various programs in order to encourage harmonious relationship building among the different residing communities and to uplift the rural poor. Free medical treatment in the neighbouring 67 villages, with a total population of 72822 people is also conducted on a weekly basis, at six different camp points.
Packed rations are issued to the workers to improve their quality of living. There are three well maintained Labour Clubs, with LCD Colour TV & Dish connection as well as indoor/outdoor playing items, that have been provided by the company. These give the members the scope to interact with each other. There are women’s groups and clubs for adolescent girls. The 25 member club also serves as an anti-sexual harassment committee working fervidly towards the upliftment of women’s safety in the estate. There are several youth clubs and associations that provide the members with the scope to discuss their problems and create awareness on various lifestyle issues such as with hunting & man-elephant issues
Celebrating World Environment Day at Hattigor Tea Estate
The Hattigor Tea Estate has endeavoured to keep its commitments towards protecting the environment and contributing in its own way to sustain nature.
There is provision of electricity at all labour quarters with separate committees looking into the same.
Chemical wastes and hospital garbage are disposed on yearly basis through government certified agencies.
Soil analysis is done on a yearly basis at the R&D section of Teok Tea Estate. Manures applied in the plantation are as per their recommendations. The application of bio fertilizers has been implemented to reduce the application of inorganic fertilizers which cause environmental hazards.
Certifications & Awards
ISO 22000, SA 8000, Trustea & ETP
Family planning award from ABITA Zone III
Trustea by the Tea Board of India (under process)