Delhi govt launches mobile app to help homeless in winter

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2015 11:43 IST
The DUSIB has formed 23 rescue teams, armed with vehicles and manpower, to rescue homeless people. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT photo)

The Delhi government has launched a mobile-based application to rescue homeless people during winter.

According to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), users can download the app and can initiate a rescue operation over the phone by taking a picture and posting it on the app.

The DUSIB server will then automatically detect the location of the person and the nearest rescue team will be informed and sent to the location.

The users of the app will also have access to a list of shelters and can inform the nearest shelter about the homeless person’s location. After a rescue operation is completed, the user will be sent an update on phone and on their email.

The DUSIB formed 23 rescue teams, armed with vehicles and manpower, to rescue homeless people during winter and shift them to the nearest night shelter or hospital, as needed. A round-the-clock control room has been set up at the DUSIB office at ITO to receive complaints and information about homeless people and also for requesting donations from the public.

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who launched the app on Friday, inaugurated two night shelters at Geeta Ghat that will have a collective capacity to accommodate around 500 homeless people.

A survey conducted last year said there were about 16,000 homeless people in Delhi, who are mainly concentrated in the Walled City area, central Delhi, and in various railway stations and bus terminals.

DUSIB has so far created 198 night shelters with a capacity to accommodate 16,338 homeless people.

“Considering the need during winters, there is also a proposal to set up 47 tents with a capacity to accomodate 2,400 people. We will then be able to provide shelter to around 19,000 for the winter season,” said a Delhi government spokesperson.

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