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HDFC offers face lift to Kalutara branch

HDFC bank who fulfills 30 years of service in the housing finance sector has further extended its services to customers with the recent ceremonial opening of its refurbished Kalutara branch. The branch was first opened 22 years ago with the objective of financial solutions for housing requirements to the low and middle income communities in the area. Although the branch sustained severe hardships during its past implementation, the services rendered by the branch to its customers brought immense recognition to its credibility as a reputed housing finance institution in the country. The branch also achieves a milestone victory with the refurbishment of a building owned by the bank to operate as its Kalutara branch at No.13, Gnanodaya mawatha, Kalutara South.  The branch has now offered mobile banking facilities for customers who are unable to visit the branch for their financial requirements.  The branch also serves communities in Matugama, Agalawatte, Bulathsinghala, Payagala, Beruwala and Aluthgama, who need to fulfill their housing financial and other banking requirements.

At present, the HDFC performs a key role in providing housing loans for the customers whilst maintaining and encouraging a scheme of tailor-made savings deposits and accounts for groups of all ages. The bank has also introduced an innovative and special pension account namely, the HDFC Housing Fund for the peoples who do not posses claims for a permanent pension after retirement.

Expressing views at the opening ceremony of the refurbished Kalutara branch of the institution, the Chairperson of HDFC – Mrs. Siromi Wickramasinghe stated that the successful implementation of the Government’s Housing Policy stands a key responsibility of the institution. She added that HDFC in collaboration with the National Housing Development Authority has commenced a special housing loan programme namely, ‘Jana Sevana’ with the objective of providing housing finance to low income segment and the government servants in keeping with the ‘Janasevana’ housing project launched by the Hon. Minister Wimal Weerawansa under the Mahinda Chainthana programme.

Speaking at the occasion, the CEO and the General Manager of HDFC – Mr.Nimal Mamaduwa said that the bank, whilst keeping housing as its core business, is diversifying from its traditional view as a housing bank, has already planned to extend its services to customers for income generating small and medium scale projects against the existing mortgage already retained with the Bank for their housing loans.  The new provision of services also includes facilities to obtain leasing, business as well as micro finance loans.

Director of HDFC and the Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority – Mr.Jayantha Samaraweera attended as the Special Guest of Honour at the ceremonial opening of the refurbished Kalutara branch of HDFC. Mr.Samaraweera in his speech, appreciated the support extended by the Bank in implementing Janasevana housing programme under the Government’s Housing Policy.

The Additional Labour Commissioner of Kalutara District – Mr.R.W.M.Podinilame, the Additional Labour Commissioner  of Panadura – Mrs. L. Mangalika Hewawitharana, Chief Operations Officer of HDFC – Mr.S.Dissanayake,  Chief Financial Officer – Mr.D.V.Pathirana, Chief Information Officer -  Mr.W.M.A.Bandara, Chief Internal Auditor –Mr.A.J.Athukorala, the Southern Province  Regional Manager of HDFC – Mr.N.C.Ranjith,  the Branch Manager of HDFC in Kalutara – Mr.Kosala De Silva, a number of staff members and customers of HDFC also attended the occasion. 

Pix. Details :  Director of HDFC and the Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority – Mr.Jayantha Samaraweera opens the refurbished Kalutara branch of HDFC.  Mrs. Siromi Wickramasinghe the Chairperson of HDFC, Mr.Nimal Mamaduwa the CEO and the General Manager of HDFC , Mr.Kosala De Silva the Branch Manager of the Kalutara branch look on