The Church of North India (CNI) has started collecting funds to rebuild Mulvany House, the 120-yearold home for senior citizens located off Amherst Street.
The city’s who’s who gathered at a starred hotel on Sunday to participate in the fund raising meet to donate or pledge support. Within moments, a crore of rupees was raised. The CNI proposes to raise at least Rs 5 crore before work can start on rebuilding the city’s first home for the aged, which is now in a dilapidated state though the premises are sprawling.
Mulvany House on Kartick Bose Lane now has 19 inmates only, though earlier, the number was much higher. The home was built by a Protestant missionary from England, Edith Mulvany, in 1899 and it served as a home for destitute women, whose families were not in a position to look after them in their final days. In its Easter pledge, the CNI, which administers the home, decided to completely revamp the building and use the sprawling premises to build a state-of-theart old-age home. The church has decided to allow needy women from all faiths into the home, though it was originally built to serve Christians only. a separate section will also be built for men.
Among those present at the fund raising meet Rajendra Khandelwal, honorary consul-general of Nigeria, industrialists Shivaji Ray, Sushil Poddar, Vikram Poddar, Manoj Bothra, Shishir Gupta, Arun Sancheti, Paul Mantosh and principals of leading CNI schools. “We were amazed at the response. This is just a start… we will soon do better so that we are able to put lives of the old and hapless back on track. The project is elaborate and we hope to house at least 200 old people and help them get a life,” said Bishop Probal Dutta.
The new plan, which has already been drawn up, plans to house at least 200 inmates. The new plan has scope for facilities like large airy lobbies, luxurious rooms, recreational facilities, infirmaries and a doctors’ centre. “There is no heritage tag for the premises and the building had gone in for several repairs in the past. So in a way, despite being old, there are no heritage-related restrictions. We may return to the original design for recall value and retain some of it while revamping the premises,” said Argho Biswas, Bishop’s chaplain and priest of St John’s Church.
Principals who attended the meet have also donated for the cause, said Angela Ghosh, principal of Union Chapel.
Source: Times of India