World-class autism township set to come up near Kolkata
    Kolkata, Nov 25 (PTI) In a one-of-its-kind initiative,
a private firm, in association with the state government, is
set to build a world-class autism township near Kolkata, where
children and adults suffering from the developmental disorder
can receive training, treatment and boarding facilities.
    The India Autism Center (IAC) - a non-profit
organization under Section 8 of Companies Act, 2013 - is
expected to come up over a 52-acre plot at Sirakol in South 24
Parganas in the next five years.
    A joint effort by Ratnabali Group and the state - the
estimated cost for building the township has been pegged at Rs
500 crore, a company official said.
    The soft launch of the project has been scheduled for
January, next year, the official said.
    Suresh Somani, the joint managing director of
Ratnabali Investment Pvt Ltd, said the project, announced
during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) earlier this
year, will also have provisions for training teachers, who
would be dealing with those suffering from the disorder.
    West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, during the
BGBS meet in January, had highly appreciated the initiative
and promised all support to it, he said.
    "It will be the first centre of its kind, not just in
India, but globally, with housing facilities for 350 residents
and daycare centre for over 200 children, adolescents and
adults. The construction work for the township will begin next
year," Somani said.
    IAC will also have an administrative wing and a guest
house, where parents of those receiving training at the
institute can put up for a few days, he said.
    "There will be international tie-ups and the institute
will be absolutely different from any of the centres that we
have now. The township, which is expected to come up by 2023,
will ensure holistic development of those suffering from
autism," he added. PTI BSM