AMC misses SC deadline for night shelters in city

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has missed the Supreme Court’s March 31 deadline for commissioning 46 night shelters (Rainn Basera) in the city in various areas to facilitate night stay for migrant labourers and workers.

Written by Tanvir A Siddiqui | Ahmedabad | Published:May 14, 2012 5:37 am

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has missed the Supreme Court’s March 31 deadline for commissioning 46 night shelters (Rainn Basera) in the city in various areas to facilitate night stay for migrant labourers and workers. Of these shelters,the civic administration has been able to commission only 11 which are being run by five voluntary organisations.

The ones which are functioning are located in the following wards: Jamalpur,Girdharnagar,Dudheshwar,Madhupura,Navrangpura,Ambawadi,Old Vadaj,Stadium,Bhaipura,Odhav and Saraspur.

Municipal Commissioner G P Mohapatra said a hunt was going on for voluntary organisations willing to run these shelters. “These shelters will have to be run by voluntary organisations because this is not our job to run such things,” he said.

Standing committee chairman Bhupendra Patel said he was optimistic that the remaining of the shelters would be ready soon. Each shelter was built to house around 40 people including 20 women,he added.

The shelters will have water tanks,bathrooms,fans,tube lights and the AMC will pay Rs 40 per occupant to the voluntary body. A policeman and caretaker will be provided at the shelters,said an official.

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