Skill Development centres and other special provisions for women in Mumbai redevelopment plan : BMC, India’s richest Municipal body

Mumbai : Setting up skill development centres (SDCs), old-age homes and space for female entrepreneurs in municipal markets are some of the key provisions for the betterment of women which are part of the civic body’s revised draft redevelopment plan for Mumbai.

The 20-year plan has all the elements for the betterment of women and special provisions have been made for them, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. “The draft policy of redevelopment plan of the city has given special attention to the betterment and empowerment of women. To meet this, provisions of multi-purpose housing, reserved vending area and skill centres for women as well as old-age homes in each ward have been made,” it said in a statement. “Each of the 24 administrative wards would have a hostel and skill development centre. Besides, space would be reserved for women entrepreneurs in municipal markets,” it said. The revised draft plan comes ahead of the civic election slated for early next year. The BMC, India’s richest municipal body, is currently ruled by Shiv Sena-BJP alliance.

BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta presented the draft plan on April 27 and termed it as the road map for the “betterment of the mega city”. The revised plan (2014-34) has tried to prioritize the issue of women entrepreneurship. This is why it has proposed to reserve 1,000 sq meters of space in each ward for multi- purpose housing for working Women, the statement said. Multi-purpose housing would allow women to live and work in the same administrative ward. “Out of this, 500 sq metres space would be reserved to develop Mahila Aadhar Kendra and skill development centre for the needy women in each ward,” it said.

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