Here’s good news for women coming to work in the state capital and looking for a safe place to stay.
For the first time, Jharkhand State Housing Board has taken an initiative to set up a 100-bed hostel for working women in the heart of Ranchi. A 64-decimal vacant plot at Argora Housing Colony, which is now home to dense shrubbery, has been selected for the purpose and if everything goes fine, work will start soon.
“The board has taken a decision to build a hostel for women coming from far-off places to work in Ranchi. The proposal will now be sent to the state government’s housing department for administrative approval,” JSHB managing director Uma Shashi Chatterjee told The Telegraph.
Asked about a tentative deadline, Chatterjee said: “An estimate for the project is being prepared. It is almost in the final stage. Once it is ready, we will send the proposal to the housing department for approval by the end of this week. We are expecting work to kick off soon.”
Another official of the board said that the decision to gift a working women’s hostel to the capital was taken at a board meeting last month.
“Once ready, it will be the first-of-its-kind project of JSHB,” he added.
What’s particularly going to benefit the boarders is the hostel’s location.
Argora Housing Colony is well-connected with Argora bypass road, where autos are available throughout the day and city buses also ply, is hardly a kilometre away.
Argora police station is nearby too.
As of now, Ranchi has three 100-bed hostels for working women run by the state welfare department.
While one is at Nagra Toli, another is located on the campus of Anita Girls’ School, Kanke.
The third one is on the premises of Ursuline Convent, Purulia Road.
Patron of Sarna Samiti, Harmu, Vidyasagar Kerketta, welcomed the decision.
“Such hostels are the need of the hour as women working in the city away from her home and families need a safe residential place with good amenities. If the housing board is going to construct the same, it will be a praiseworthy step.”
Former member of state women’s commission Vasvi Kiro was also appreciative.
“Though a 100-bed hostel for working women is a drop in the ocean, the effort is laudable. Since Ranchi is the capital of Jharkhand and women from different parts of the country and state come here to work, more hostels for them should be constructed. The board should demarcate adequate land for these facilities,” Kiro said.