Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Even in the most recently constructed lines, plinths are seldom provided, floor and cubic space are often inadequate, whilst light and ventilation are too frequently entirely ignored. The house built by the worker himself is never provided with windows or ventilation openings. but that is no sufficient reason for their exclusion from houses built by employers. We were informed in Ceylon that the compulsory installation of windows had had a marked effect in lowering the incidence of pneumonia and other respiratory diseases, and that the workers are gradually learning to keep their windows open. The authorities we indicate later should lay down standard minimum requirements on all these points, and should have the power to condemn houses which cannot be made sanitary. Standard type plans to suit varying conditions should also be prepared and made available to garden managements .
These need not be confined to one-roomed dwellings. In labouring class houses of the kind required some form of' ridge ' roof ventilation should be more generally adopted. This adds little to the cost, and the ventilation openings are at such a height that they cannot easily be interfered with by the occupants.