Ente Koodu, an affordable stay option for women

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Women delegates at this year’s International Film Festival of will have one less worry, thanks to Ente Koodu at KSRTC Terminal, . Setup by social justice department (SJD), Ente Koodu offers free stay for women and children aged below 12 for three nights from 7pm to 6am. After day three, a nominal fee is charged. The 50-bed facility provides accommodation on a firstcome-first-served basis and includes dinner.

The facility will benefit women visiting the capital from other districts and would be helpful in case of IFFK delegates. “We got a good response and we receive 20 to 30 guests each day, most of them come for interview and training. The facility will be available for women delegates at IFFK. After three-night stay, a nominal fee will be charged as rent,” said an official, in-charge of the facility.

The accommodation will improve further with ‘One Day Home’, as another stay facility – being arranged by women and child department at KSRTC terminal – will be ready next year. The interior works are progressing and the facility is likely to be completed in few months. An amount of Rs 100/day is proposed as rent at One Day Home.

Professor at Centre for Development Studies J has offered accommodation at her home for women delegates who find it hard to stay in hostel given strict timings. “Last year, we saw that there was serious shortage of accommodation facilities for women during IFFK. And many could not watch films as they had to report back at the hostel by evening. So, I offered accommodation to women who wish to watch films at IFFK. My children’s friends usually stay at my place for research and thesis. When we have space, we can share it with others. Two girls have approached me already,” she said. Interestingly, one of them stays at a college hostel where women have to return by 5.30pm.

Unlike previous years, there wouldn’t be free auto service to festival venues. There won’t be canteen facility for delegates at Tagore Theatre compound. Both decisions were taken by Chalachitra academy to cut cost. “A lot of effort was put in to organize the fest in an economic manner. Last week, there was some despondency on the number of delegates and the pressure of organizing the event. But now it looks hopeful since delegate registration has gone up. I will miss the workshop and programmes at the venues,” said Bina Paul, vice-chairperson of the academy.

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