Keeping in mind the rise in the number of youth migrating abroad over the years and their elderly left to fend for themselves back home, the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) has proposed a senior citizens' home in Jalandhar.
The need for such homes has been felt in the recent past, particularly the Doaba region, also known as NRI hub.
Mukul Soni, superintending engineer, JIT, said the proposal has got clearance in its in-house meeting and it has been sent to the local bodies ministry for approval.
The trust has said in the proposal that it has identified 5.2 acre land at Maharaja Ranjit Avenue of which 2 acre is reserved for the old age home while the rest is meant for a multi-storey building. The trust says first it will invite parties to build the home and if nobody shows interest in the same it will construct one on its own.
Under the Punjab Town Improvement (Utilisation of Land and Allotment of Flats Rules), 1983, and sub-section 14, the trust has to get government permission for reserving units for those aged 55 or above.
Meanwhile, the proposal also states that if an allottee wants to sell their flat further they are authorised to put it on sale only to people aged 55 or above.
The trust says once they get the approval of the local bodies ministry, they will start construction in three months.
The JIT had cleared the project in its in-house meeting on August 17 and the proposal was sent to the local bodies ministry for approval on August 20.