A rich businessman in India has donated 90 houses to the homeless people in the region rather than splashing out on his daughter’s wedding.
Ajay Munot, a wealthy wholesale trader of cloth and wheat in the Aurangabad district of eastern India, had planned to spend Rs 70-80 lakh, the equivalent of more than £93,000, on a extravagant wedding for his daughter.
But instead, Mr Munot decided to instead spend all the money on helping the region’s poor.
The businessman constructed 90 houses on two acres of land and wisely selected who would reside in them, according to the Free Press Journal.
He apparently set three criteria to distinguish who was eligible: they needed to be poor, live in a slum and not suffer from an addiction.
Each home is 12 by 20 square foot, has two windows and two doors and is fitted with lights.
Mr Munot’s newly-wedded daughter, Shreya, said she fully supported her father’s decision, and after her wedding, she and her new husband reportedly handed over the keys to the homeless people.
Shreya told ANI News she considered her father’s decision the “biggest gift for her wedding”.
The beneficiaries of the new homes are already said to be benefiting, with one woman reported to have said she is happy now that she and her family do not have to deal with the problems of accessing basic needs such as water and electricity.