PUNE: Maharashtra’s first Internet addiction liberation centre has been set up in Pune. The Anandvan Addiction Liberation and Rehabilitation Centre has already received three indoor Internet addicts. The centre will be formally inaugurated on Sunday (November 18).
This is a psycho-development project by the Anandvan Addiction Liberation and Rehabilitation Centre. Officials claimed it is the country’s third Internet addiction liberation centre after Delhi and Bengaluru.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Ajay Dudhane, Chairman of the Anandvan Addiction Liberation and Rehabilitation Centre, said after a careful analysis of the patients’ inflow, they have decided to start the centre.
“The side effects of mobile and Internet use will be cured here. The increased usage of the Internet has led to setting up this centre. Experts will be working on issues like e-addiction, brain feedback, meditation, consulting, issues of teenagers, fear-anxiety and instability. Besides, awareness campaigns will be conducted in various schools and colleges on the topic of Internet addiction liberation,” said Dr Dudhane.
He added that in one year, there were three Internet addicts between the age group of 19 and 27 years.
“One of the patients is from Mumbai. This young boy used to post on social media that he was eating lunch at a five-star hotel. This became an identity and he started posting such fake pictures. One day, he faked on social media that he is on the way to London. This was a wake-up call for his family and they brought him to the centre. Similarly, two other patients, who are from Pune, have an on-screen addiction,” said Dr Dudhane.
Mayor Mukta Tilak, Superintendent of Police (Pune rural) Sandip Patil, Maharashtra State Financial Corporation Pune Division’s Additional Commissioner Varsha Laddha, former all-India Marathi Literary Meet President Shripal Sabnis, BVG Group Chief Dattatraya Gaikwad will be present at the inauguration ceremony.