This is not the first time that retired services personnel have joined hands to come up with an affordable housing scheme for their community. But what is arguably new is an old age home that they are planning exclusively for ex-servicemen and paramilitary personnel.
City-based Rakshak Infrastructure,an organisation for and by the soldiers,is planning such an old age home in association with Dreams Group. Wing Commander (Retd) M Thirumaran,CMD of the organisation,said two acres of land had been identified in Pisoli and the project should take off shortly.
Army Chief General Bikram Singh had recently announced that the Army would be launching such projects for retired Armymen,but these would be government undertakings,unlike Rakshak,which is a private entity.
According to Thirumaran,the scheme titled Rakshak Paradise will include one-bedroom apartments 100 for sale and at least 25 to be rented out to those who wish to occupy them for a limited tenure. The project will include some of the most basic requirements,which have been planned keeping in mind the lifestyle of a retired soldier. A retired soldier is normally disconnected from the civilian society given his postings during the service years. Further,many ex-servicemen have their children either working overseas or in the forces. Thus,no one is there to give the aged ex-servicemen lot company, said Thirumaran,adding that the scheme would include a medical room,railings,alarm switches,ambulance and doctor on call,banking facilities,besides others. He said the location had been identified keeping in mind the proximity to the Command Hospital. We had earlier considered Wagholi and Hadapsar,but Pisoli is relatively closer to Command Hospital, he said.
Prior to the old age home,the group is slated to launch its first residential project meant only for ex-servicemen and paramilitary personnel. The foundation stone for the project titled Dreams Rakshak will be laid by Air Chief Marshal (Retd) P V Naik on June 16.
The group,however,says real estate is just a source of income and its real objective remains ex-servicemen welfare and to be the one-point agency to counter the challenges faced by the personnel. The organisation,which has only recently started its operations from the city,consists of a core team of 22 retired services officers/personnel and paramilitary officers besides others.
The organisation will also be launching a matrimony website categorically for defence personnel. Www.rakshakrishte.com will be launched on June 14,but organisers claim that assisted matrimony where prospective brides or grooms can upload their profiles is already available on the site. We have written to Army Wives Welfare Association,Air Force Wives Welfare Association,Navy Wives Welfare Association and even wives welfare association of the CRPF to share required data with us so that we can be fully operational, said Thirumaran.