Maneka Gandhi to Lay Foundation of India’s Largest Widow Home

The home will have the capacity to house 1000 women and will be designed in ‘old-age’ friendly manner

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Union Women and Child Development Minister (WCD) Maneka Gandhi will lay the foundation stone of the country’s “largest” widow home which will have the capacity to house 1,000 women in Vrindavan on Tuesday.

The Foundation stone for the Home will be laid by the WCD Minister under the ‘Swadhar Greh Scheme’ of the WCD Ministry.

A senior official in the ministry said:

It was observed that the condition of widows in existing Swadhar Home at Vrindavan was not satisfactory. Therefore, to provide better living conditions to a large number of widows at Vrindavan, the Ministry decided to construct a 1,000-bedded Home at Vrindavan with all the required facilities

The Home will be constructed on 1.424 hectare of land by National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) at an estimated cost of 57 Crores (including cost of the land).

The official added:

The design of the Home has been prepared in consultation with HelpAge India and is also ‘old age’ friendly. The Home will consist of ground plus three floors with the facilities of ramp, lifts, supply of adequate electricity, water and other amenities for meeting the requirement of senior citizens and persons with special challenges

The Home, fully funded by the central government, will be constructed at Sunrakh Bangar, Pargana Vrindavan.

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