HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

Govt gears up to upgrade facilities at night shelters

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 04, 2011
First Published: 01:22 IST(4/1/2011) | Last Updated: 01:25 IST(4/1/2011)

With the mercury dipping to 4-5 degrees Celsius, Delhi urban development minister Ashok Kumar Walia on Monday said all arrangements have been made to protect the homeless from the biting cold.


Taking a round of night shelters set up by the government in the Walled City, the minister said efforts have been made to ensure basic amenities like clean ambience, drinking water and blankets for the homeless, seeking shelter.

“I have asked the officials to maintain amenities at the night shelters and upgrade medical facilities as well. Officials have been instructed to deploy mobile health check-up vans at each and every night shelter at least twice a week. Apart from this, we are also coordinating with the health department and various NGOs to set up chest X-ray facilities at these shelters,” Walia said.

“The government has already released R2 crore for improving infrastructure at permanent night shelters.” Apart from 64 permanent night shelters, Walia said 86 temporary night shelters have been set up across the city this year. The number of temporary night shelters last year, said Walia, was 24.

“We are identifying more places, where such shelters could be set up,” he added.

more from New Delhi

Tihar Jail sets up restaurant, inmates to cook and serve food

Around 10 of the 45-50 inmates who underwent training in house keeping, cooking and hotel management are at present working at the restaurant. The restaurant, which has a seating capacity of 50 persons, is open from 10am to 10pm.
Most Popular
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved