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Laugh your old-age blues away

Senior citizens can see take heart. A township is in the pipeline here to make their twilight years the most fulfilling. Construction for the first phase of the ?Laughter City? would begin next month at Kelod Kartal, a few kms from the Bypass Square, Matlani Group chairman S K Matlani told Hindustan Times on Saturday that construction for the first phase of the ?Laughter City? would begin next month at Kelod Kartal, a few kilometers from the Bypass Square.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2006 16:42 IST

Senior citizens can see take heart. A township is in the pipeline here to make their twilight years the most fulfilling. Construction for the first phase of the ‘Laughter City’ would begin next month at Kelod Kartal, a few kms from the Bypass Square, Matlani Group chairman S K Matlani told Hindustan Times on Saturday that construction for the first phase of the ‘Laughter City’ would begin next month at Kelod Kartal, a few kilometers from the Bypass Square.

The township would lend dignity, security, fun and peace to the otherwise lonely senior citizens, he said. Many senior citizen couples live alone and crave for company despite being rich and self-sufficient.

“Laughter City would give them all the means of entertainment and health maintenance within walking distance and above all company of people belonging to the same age group,” said Matlani.

The township, built over 12-acres, will give accommodation to 400 families. In the first phase 100 families would stay in the City. One bedroom and kitchen as well as two-bedroom flats will be provided to those who cannot afford more. Cottages will be of two types to suit the paying capacity of different people.

Matlani selected the site of construction to provide a peaceful and green atmosphere to senior citizens. With Bilawali Talab nearby, the township, going for water recharging and waste management, would not face water scarcity. Bombay Hospital and Choithram Hospital are near the township.

Matlani drew inspiration from similar concepts in Vashi, Mathura and Pune. A number of ashrams or charitable organisations only provide food and accommodation. “I want to build a place where senior citizens could choose their way of life and live it in a healthy and carefree manner. This is just a model that I would introduce to the city and hope that many such would come up in future,” said Matlani.

Old couples love movies, games, clubbing, dining and having a friend circle of their own and the main objective of the Laughter City is to fulfill their wishes, he said.

The other amenities would be a clubhouse built over 30000 sq ft, common kitchen, restaurant, dining hall, tiffin service, free telephone on the premises and ambulance service at a call. There would be cottages to accommodate guests and emergency alarm in each flat. Jogging and walking space, library reading room, billiard room, card room, health park, spa and

Nakshatra Vatika would also be developed in the township. To introduce senior citizens to natural and healthy ways of living, pranayam, surya yoga, pyramid therapy, swimming, and ayurvedic therapy sessions would be conducted by Matlani and other experts. There would be a cottage above the clubhouse for guests.

The construction area and the green belt would be developed according to town and country planning norms.  People above 55 years could live in the township.

Matlani said people interested could fill the application forms with a draft of Rs 25000 (refundable) and apply for accommodation in the City. The advance amount would be returned to those denied accommodation. Persons of 52 years could book flats or cottages.