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Kottayam: The Department of Public Works (PWD) is ready to open its 153 nursing homes across the state to the public. The Minister of Public Works, PA Mohammed Riyas, on Monday inaugurated the online facility for booking rooms in advance.

The PWD has 10 rest homes in Kottayam, Changanassery, Pala, Arunapuram, Kaduthuruthy, Erattupetta, Vaikom, Kanjirappally, Erumely and Mundakkayam in the district. The nursing homes have VIP rooms, suites, class A and B rooms offering facilities. VIP rooms, however, would not be accessible to the public.

Although the government initially planned to open the nursing homes for people with disabilities to the public on November 1 last year, the plan has been postponed due to the spread of COVID-19. Online booking, too, had started in 2020.

The PWD has set Rs 600 per day for class B rooms and Rs 400 for class A rooms. The price of air-conditioned rooms and suites would be different depending on the equipment provided.

In the meantime, steps have been taken to set up restaurants, toilet blocks and other facilities to attract tourists and the public. Besides PWD, Minister Riyas is also in charge of the tourism portfolio.

The services of a manager would be available in first class nursing homes. Rest homes in Kottayam, Changanassery, Vaikom, Arunapuram and Kaduthuruthy have been classified as first class in the district.

Rooms could be reserved online at the resthouse.pwd.kerala.gov.in website.

Munnar Nursing Home will not be welcoming guests now
Meanwhile, the nursing home in Munnar, a major tourist destination, will not welcome clients due to a lack of infrastructure and a lack of employees. The Munnar nursing home, which has nine rooms and three dormitories to accommodate 32 people, was among the first 30 to be opened to the public in the first phase. A double room here would be available for Rs 600.

The nursing home, which requires at least six employees, currently has only one cook-keeper. Although space is available for a canteen, it has not yet started. The renovation and furnishing of the rooms are also in progress.

Rooms at the Munnar rest home could be booked through the building’s divisional office in Painavu. Phone: 0486-2232382.

Rest homes and rooms in Kottayam
Kottayam: 23
Changanasserie: 14
Vaikom: 14
Arunapuram: 9
Kaduthuruthy: 6
Erattupetta: 6
Pala: 4
Erumély: 4
Mundakkayam: 4

Kanjirappalement: 3


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