India: Kerala govt to provide studio apartments for working women

Move to ensure safe stay for them when they go to new cities for job


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Published: Thu 21 Jul 2022, 5:55 PM

At a time when the safety and security of women are a major concern, the Kerala government is planning to set up 'studio apartments' across the state for working women with an objective to ensure a safe stay when they go to a different place for a job.

The Department for Labour and Skills has already launched the construction work for the pilot project at the Kinfra International Apparel Park campus in nearby Menamkulam last year, Labour Minister V Sivankutty said.

The project would be expanded to other districts based on the availability of suitable land and adequate funds, he said in a written reply submitted to the Assembly.

The 'studio apartment' project is envisaged to provide a decent and secure lodging facility on a rental basis for women labourers employed in unorganized sector in cities, he said.

The 'Bhavanam Foundation Kerala', which was entrusted to implement the project, had leased 0.733 acres of land within the Kinfra campus for the initiative.

"A six-story studio apartment complex, with 130 units, is being built in Phase-1," the minister added. The studio apartment complex is one of the major housing schemes being implemented by the Labour Department.

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