New home for people with mental disabilities to be set up in Delhi

A new home for people with mental disabilities may soon be set up in Narela in New Delhi. The idea of a new home has been under discussion for the last five years.

The new home for people with mental disabilities will ease some of the pressure off of the current home, Asha Kiran. Asha Kiran has been under the scanner for many problems, like overcrowding, deaths, and reports of human rights violations.

The new home for people with mental disabilities will be set up at a proposed cost of Rs 350 crore. It will be able to house around 600 people. The proposal will soon be sent to Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, for approval. After this, the Delhi Cabinet will take it up.

The idea of setting up a new home first came up in 2013 when Sheila Dikshit was the Delhi Chief Minister.

The new home will be bigger. It will also be an integrated complex, where training will be given to volunteers. Inmates will be taught vocational skills. There will be medical facilities provided, including physiotherapy.

Eleven people had died at the Asha Kiran home in just two months in 2009. This drew attention to the poor conditions there. About 970 people stay at Asha Kiran. The capacity is 510.

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