After a long wait, the state government has finally released the first instalment of funds to renovate the Sukhjit Ashram, a home for mentally-challenged children in the city.
After HT highlighted the dismal state of the government-run ashram on October 15 last year, the children’s home got Rs18 lakh out of a total of Rs 40 lakh grant to start renovation work.
The children’s home, situated on Railway Road, started in 1994 and is presently taking care of around 30 specially-abled children.
In the first phase, renovation, whitewash, repairing, carpeting and electronic works of five rooms, a bathroom, kitchen and the common room will be carried out on priority basis.
Presently, children are living under pathetic conditions as rooms leak during rains and do not having proper bedding facilities either.
New beds are also expected besides one water purifier.
The authorities had recently renovated the bathrooms by installing new toilet seats and water geyser. The government had recently deputed one more attendant at the ashram, as there was just one attendant earlier for 30 inmates.
Amarjit Singh, district social security officer, Kapurthala, said they have received Rs18 lakh from the government and they will renovate the children’s rooms first.
He said the beatification of the ashram, concrete flooring with interlocking tiles and office renovation will be undertaken once they receive the second instalment.
“The project has been awarded to the Punjab Mandi Board for execution and the renovation work is expected start this week,” he said.