Kolkata: The State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim has announced the setting up of a first-of-its-kind autism township project in Bengal.
At the press conference, he also said investment proposals worth Rs 39,000 crore have come in the urban development and infrastructure sector during the just-concluded Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS).
According to the minister, the autism township will not only be the first such in India but in the entire world. There will be a hospital, a residential complex, a school, a day-care centre, a conference hall and training facilities, all pertaining to autism, under one roof.
The township will come up on 50 acres in Shirakole on Diamond Harbour Road, near Usthi in the South 24 Parganas district. It will be constructed by a private company at an investment of Rs 600 crore, and will be ready within four years.
The joint managing managing director of the company has said that it is also planning to set up a college which will churn out qualified professionals working in the area of autism.