PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will construct its first hostel for working women in Baner area. The civic body has allotted Rs 3.42 crore for the construction. The hostel will have 100 beds.
According to officials from the Building Construction Department, the PMC has completed the basic construction of a four-storey hostel building in Baner. It is spread over around 10,000 square feet.
It is the first hostel for working women constructed by the civic body.
The Standing Committee on Friday approved Rs 3.42 crore to complete the remaining work of the hostel building. Electrification, lift arrangement, painting, furniture, etc, will have to be completed. The hostel will be ready in over a year.
Standing Committee Chairman Sunil Kamble said, “It is the first hostel facility provided by the PMC to working women. The city is expanding and women from outside the State and the city work and many times, face problems in getting a decent accommodation. Hence, the civic body decided to provide the hostel facility to them.”
The hostel is a part of the gender budget
In 2014, the All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG) had presented a gender status report, in which it had recommended the provision of a special budget for women, children and senior citizens to address their issues. The hostel for working women is one of the recommendations mentioned in the report.
The report included health issues, educational and cultural participation of women, empowerment of women, gender inequality awareness, women’s security, etc.
Based on these issues, the PMC allotted funds to provide accommodation for women among other things including sanitation, water supply, health care, girl child, primary education, secondary education, university education, construction (development), women hawkers, transportation, road crossings and street lights.