Govt gears up to upgrade facilities at night shelters

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.

 

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