Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on late Friday night made a surprise visit to some of the night shelters in the city and expressed satisfaction on overall arrangements. However, he pointed out certain lacunae and asked the officials correct them.
Chouhan’s sudden visit came on the day HT published a report on the fate of homeless people in the city, who continue to sleep on the footpaths due to different reasons including lack of enough night shelters. Also, not having identity cards was one of the reasons for them not getting entry into the shelters.
The CM visited the night shelters at New Market, near Sultania Hospital at Nadra Bus Stand in the old city and one near the six number platform of the railway station.
The chief minister sought feedback from the inmates and also tasted the food at Sultania Hospital shelter and suggested some improvements. He also called for better cleanliness.
Near the railway station shelter, the CM asked the people whether the bonfire meant to keep cold away was lit up every night by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation and got mixed reactions.
Chouhan noticed damp patches on the walls of shelter at bus stand and called upon the caretaker to get required repairs done.
The CM also interacted with the citizens regarding other problems and promised two persons — one each from Sagar and Bina — help for their daughters’ marriages.