Cuttack Municipal Corporation’s Working Women’s Hostel is yet to start – The New Indian Express

Through Express press service

CUTTACK: Five years have passed since the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) proposed to build a modern hostel for working women in the city.

However, the project, aimed at alleviating the problems faced by working women in finding suitable accommodation in the city, has not yet seen the light of day.

The CMC had canceled its plan drawn up in 2015 to turn the top floor of the Satichoura night shelter building into a hostel for working women. Instead, he had initiated steps for the construction of a fully-fledged modern hostel for working women in the city at a cost of Rs 2 crore in 2016.

In accordance with the revised plan, the CMC had planned to dismantle Bhagat Hostel, a private hostel in Kesharpur-Bepari Sahi which was handed over to the civic body in 1962.

Bhagat Hostel, which housed students from different colleges in the city, was declared unsafe, after which it was closed.

The then commissioner and the chairmen of various permanent commissions had inspected the site following which it was decided to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for the construction of a modern hostel for working women.

Sources said that due to inaction by the civic body’s engineering section, the project remains at the proposal stage. If the facility sees the light of day, it would be a boon for working women in the city, who come from different neighborhoods but struggle to secure safe and affordable housing.

“Cuttack has the same importance as the state capital, Bhubaneswar. But there are no major facilities in the city for working women. Working women and girls have faced great difficulty in finding accommodation to rent in the city, as many landlords are reluctant to rent rooms to them. There is an urgent need to create more homes for working women at the earliest,” said Shibani Praharaj from Angul who works with a private company based in the city.

CMC Commissioner Ananya Das, however, said there was no active case pending regarding the construction of a hostel for working women.

“I will have to go through the records to comment on the matter,” she said.

Linda G. Ibarra