Govt to set up 26 ‘green’ night shelters
While a team of experts will inspect the functioning of Delhi’s 150 night shelters over the next three days, the government announced the construction of another 26 ‘green’ night shelters.
“The Delhi Government is going to construct 26 model night shelters with green building technology. Each revenue district will have at least two shelters so that more homeless people can be accommodated,” Lovely said.
He said the DUSIB would take the matter up with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
“There are 150 night shelters managed by the DUSIB. This include 84 temporary and 66 permanent shelters. With the prevailing cold conditions in Delhi, eight teams have been constituted to inspect the functioning of night shelters and submit a report in three days,” Lovely said.
He said all basic facilities - blankets, mats, drinking water, first aid and sanitation - would be provided across the national capital.
According to Lovely, the total capacity of permanent night shelters was 9,400 and the capacity of temporary shelters was 4,200. Another 2,000 could be accommodated in the present night shelters as required.
The Delhi government has earmarked Rs 6 crore for the 2012-13 financial year to construct, manage and maintain shelters in Delhi.
“We will soon start a publicity campaign to create awareness amongst those who need such shelters the most,” Lovely said.
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