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11 Jan, 2007 | Updated at 1218 hrs IST
New township to help NRIs' lonely parents
[ 11 Jan, 2007 0204hrs IST TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
AHMEDABAD: Senior citizens in Gujarat whose children have flown to different corners of the world may no longer have to look to Mumbai or Delhi for retirement homes or for sharing an old people's home.
Townships and residential colonies exclusively for senior citizens are now coming up in the state where they can relocate and spend the sunset of their lives without bothering about paying electricity bills, cooking and getting prompt medical care.
In fact, the first residential township exclusively for parents of NRGs is to come up on an 18-acre campus at Khandhali on the Anand-Borsad highway. Similar apartments and colonies are also being planned in Vadodara, Bardoli and Valsad.
Neejanand, the township planned at Anand, will offer luxurious accommodation to 100 couples in independent units. The township, currently under construction, will be commissioned by December 2007 and will have an in-house medical centre, a temple, amphitheatre, swimming pool, gym and host of other recreational facilities to help the seniors pass their time.
Bookings would be offered to couples including husband-wife, two brothers, sisters or even friends. Interestingly, this township is being built not by any builder, but a retired biosciences professor Dr Jyotindra Patel who was inspired by a number of NRGs in US, UK and their parents.
"Friends living in the US and UK and those in India who have their children settled abroad said there is a need for a place that promised senior citizens a dignified life and hassle-free community living," says Patel.
TOI had reported on how an increasing number of senior citizens with children who had migrated were moving into old age homes due to medical and security concerns.
In Vadodara, NGO United Way of Baroda is scouting for land to set up a residential colony exclusively for senior citizens. "We conducted a survey that revealed a need for a residential colony that would offer hassle-free living for the aged," said Bindu Nair of UWB. This again will be a self-sustaining unit, complete with a temple and a hospital.
Sources among builders in Surat said a residential colony catering to the aged parents of NRGs with an on-call ambulance is being planned in Bardoli. In Valsad, yet another residential scheme is being planned on the national highway no 8 that will boast of a video-conferencing facility to enable parents to speak to their children settled abroad
" OM SAI RAM " A very good idea indeed. I was not born in India but I can see how the lonely parents must be feeling at an elderly age. I left job about 10 years ago to be at home for elderly parents and now have mother only, who is 91. The smile on her face to see me at home for her is the greatest reward one can expect. This is a certificate not seen on papers. Father must be happy up there watching that mother is not alone. These feelings keep me alive. So when I read this article of yours here you can imagine how much joy it must have brought to me. All the best wishes. May be one day I might get a chance to serve at one of these type of places there with my body and soul. Good wishes to you once again. " OM SAI RAM "