New Delhi City Council to develop new block at Laxmi Bai Nagar hostel for working women

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The New Delhi City Council (NDMC) will develop a new block with modern facilities at its Indira Niketan hostel for working women in Laxmibai Nagar, an NDMC official has said.

Currently, NDMC has three hostels for working women in three prime locations in the city – Mandir Marg, Mandi House and Laxmibai Nagar. These hostels provide accommodation facilities to working non-resident women at a cheaper rate ranging from Rs 6,500 to 10,000.

“Currently, Indira Niketan can accommodate around 200 women and once the new block is developed, an additional 200 women will be able to enjoy the facility. space. Indira Niketan is spacious and so we decided to build a new block here,” the manager added.

The new block will be a three-storey building with amenities such as CCTV cameras, lounge area, library, lobby, mess, open gym, parking and relaxation area. It will have an elevator and air-conditioned rooms with wardrobe, desk and toilet, said the manager.

The NDMC has begun pre-construction work and has transplanted approximately four trees from the site and issued civil construction tenders. Officials said work will begin by June-July and be completed within a year.

In addition, the NDMC plans to relax the guidelines and allow working women who come from outside areas of Delhi to be admitted in these hostels as well. In accordance with current guidelines, only women from outside the nation’s capital will be admitted.

“Many women who live in the outskirts of Delhi, in places like Najafgarh, Bawana and Nangloi, come to work in the city. Some even travel from Dilshad Garden to Gurgaon. We have also received applications for admission to Delhi hostel but due to restrictions and guidelines they are not admitted. So, the NDMC plans to ease the restrictions so that those who wish to stay close to their offices will be admitted to hostels,” an official said.

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