Winter action plan already in place
New Delhi, Nov.23 (Delhi Crown): Around 9,000 homeless people are expected to be provided with temporary shelter by the Delhi government during the winter.
According to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), it presently runs 206 shelter homes in which about 7,100 people can be accommodated.
The action plan for winter includes a provision for an additional 250 shelters by December 1 to accommodate about 2,000 more people, especially those living in crowded areas.
Of the current lot of 206 shelter homes, 81 are operational in RCC buildings and 111 are in porta cabins. The Delhi government has also taken upon itself the task of providing three meals a day to these homeless people.
The winter action plan which began on November 7 is expected to be stretched to March 15.
As many as 16 DUSIB teams have been formed to take the homeless from the streets to these shelters on a daily basis. Each team has been allotted a vehicle, a driver and two attendants.
These teams will rely on information relayed to them by the DUSIB control room or any other related source that will function 24×7 through a dedicated helpline, or mobile app, or any other source. People have been advised to use the toll-free number 14461 to give information about the homeless, or use the DUSIB’s mobile app called “Rain Basera”, or dial a missed call to 8826400500.
Homeless persons will be located through GPS and teams will be informed to rescue them.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has appointed a monitoring committee to check the workings of shelters at regular intervals with relevant stakeholders.
Mats, mattresses, bed-sheets, pillows and blankets, lockers for keeping belongings, electricity, drinking water, toilets, bathing facilities, television and hot water will be provided in each shelter.
Caretakers will be on duty for eight hours at a stretch before being replaced by other staff.