Here’s some help at hand, not just for the aged, but also for children! Noida is set to get a new old-age home and an orphanage. The construction of a proposed facility is to begin in Sector 62, B block, Noida Authority announced recently.
Authority officials said that financially sound senior citizens would have to pay for the service, but the facility will also take care of those who can’t afford it. The facility will host an orphanage and a "Dada Dadi" park for the elderly. The old-age home will provide food, medical help and other recreational needs. It will also have a library, medical emergency rooms and a dining area. Separate halls for activities such as yoga, physiotherapy and meditation will ensure a healthy lifestyle for the occupants. Besides round-the-clock security, 24-hour medical care will be available. The Authority also plans to lay down strict guidelines for the selection of occupants, so that the service reaches the truly needy.
The complex will be made on a 5,000-sqm plot. The project includes 5.5 acres of park next to it. The facility will house at least 216 adults and 160 children. Each of the four floors of the building will have eight four-bed rooms, 11 two-bed rooms and two 10-bed dormitories. Each floor will have a common area.
The complex is expected to be ready in 18 months. The tender for the project, with bids being made at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore, will be finalised on March 21.
As of now, Noida has two old-age homes — Anand Niketan Vridh Sewa Ashram in Sector 56 and Manvayatan in Sector 37. Both are, however, being run by private charitable institutions.