The Delhi Traffic Police have identified several locations in the city where huge number of beggars operate from and deployed its men to remove all of them.
This comes close on the heels of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit urging the administration to make the Capital beggar-free before the Commonwealth Games.
Now, the Department of Social Welfare and Delhi Traffic Police have started work to make the city free from beggars.
Areas from where beggars operate include Karkari More in East Delhi, Ashram Chowk in South East Delhi, Moti Bagh Chowk in South Delhi, Subramaniam Bharti-Zakir Hussain Intersection in New Delhi, Delhi Gate in Central Delhi, Chatta Rail in North Delhi and Camp Chowk in North West Delhi.
“We have received a letter from State Home department a few days ago urging us to help the Social Welfare Department to make Delhi streets free from beggars. Beggar removal drive has just been started from these locations,” said Ajay Chadha, Special CP Traffic.
According to the department sources, it is expecting to process around 2,500 to 3,000 beggars from Delhi.
But beggars from the city are defiant. Ramjan, who begs at Delhi Gate, said, “The government, which cannot take care of our livelihood, has no right to snatch our only means of survival.”