Social Justice and Disabled Welfare Minister Prem Singh Patel has said that a paid old age home with modern facilities is being constructed by the department in heart of the city Bhopal for old age persons spending life lonely. For paid old age home, 5 acres of land has been allotted by the government on Link Road No. 3. Construction work of this building to be built at a cost of ten crore 83 lakhs has started. Located near the park of Pandit Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, this building is close to the main landmarks of the city including New Market, Arera Colony, Char Imli, J.P. Hospital, Habibganj Railway Station, Bittan Market. There is also adequate availability of means of transport from here. This will be the first paid Old Age home of the state.
Principal Secretary Social Justice and Disabled Welfare Prateek Hajela informed that initially there will be facility for 56 seniors to live in paid old age home. The purpose of constructing the building is to provide safe and convenient living accommodation to economically competent senior citizens , whose children do not live with them or are away from home in the country or abroad. Many essential facilities like air-conditioned rooms, library, recreation room, prayer room, physiotherapy room, medical store, ATM will be available on payment basis in the Old Age Home. The constructed building will be completely under the control of Social Justice and Disabled Welfare Department of Madhya Pradesh government.
Directorate of Social Justice and Disabled Welfare has paid Rs 4 crore 33 lakh 20 thousand to the Public Works Department as the first installment for the construction of paid old age home. The building to be built on five acres of land will have constructed area of 20 thousand 234 square meters. Paid Old Age Home will be operated on a no-profit-no-loss basis on a contract basis through recognised voluntary organisations.