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BMC Starts Work To Launch City's First Ever Senior Citizen Daycare Centre in Goregaon

The facility is currently under construction and is expected to open in the next two months.

BMC Starts Work To Launch City's First Ever Senior Citizen Daycare Centre in Goregaon
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To improve elderly care services in the metropolitan city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon be launching a pilot initiative in Goregaon, Mumbai. The project involves starting a senior citizen daycare centre called 'Virangula Kendra'. The centre is expected to open in the next two months.

The one-of-its-kind centre in Goregaon (East) will be situated in a civic-run women's hostel, where 180 women live. The senior citizen daycare centre will be on the ground floor of the 16-story building. The facility is currently under construction. It is expected to accommodate 30-40 elderly individuals. BMC may also start a children's care centre in the same building.

The civic body's proposal mentions a range of services and facilities for senior citizens. These include full-time caretaker services. It also includes activities such as games, reading, and TV viewing, and a minimum operating time of 10 hours per day. 

Additionally, the centre will offer meditation, yoga sessions, healthcare programmes, and biweekly health checkups to promote overall well-being.

The budget allocation for the fiscal year 2024–2025 includes establishing seven 'Virangula Kendras'. Currently, the BMC will only run one centre in the suburbs. Later, it will start more such centres to make one such facility in each of the seven wards. 

In the budget, INR 7 crore has been set aside for the daycare centre. Moreover, INR 19 crore was allocated for the building of the working women's hostel. Additional funds have been allocated for the development of childcare facilities in the same building.

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