GK: WORLD-CLASS AUTISM TOWNSHIP
The India Autism Centre (IAC), a world-class autism township is being planned to be built near Kolkata, where children and adults suffering from the developmental disorder would receive training, treatment and boarding facilities.
The one-of-its-kind initiative is a joint effort between a private firm and the state government. It is expected to come up over a 52-acre plot at Sirakol in South 24 Parganas in the next five years.
- The township is expected to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. It will be built under Section 8 of Companies Act, 2013
- The construction work for the township will begin in 2019 and it is expected to be completed by 2023. The soft launch of the project has been scheduled for January 2019.
- The centre will be the first of its kind in India as well as abroad, with housing facilities for 350 residents and daycare centre for over 200 children, adolescents and adults.
- It will have provisions for training teachers, who would be dealing with those suffering from the disorder.
- It will also have an administrative wing and a guest house, to accommodate parents of those receiving training at the institute.
Significance: The Township is expected to ensure holistic development of those suffering from autism.
- The project was announced during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) in January 2018.
- West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, during the BGBS meet in January, had highly appreciated the initiative and promised all support to it.
- The project will involve international tie-ups and it is expected to be very different from any of the centres in India till now.