The Delhi government will convert its shelter homes,constructed last year to provide roof to the homeless in the winter,in to all-weather accommodation. In the first phase,30 of the 150 such homes will be upgraded by next month. The project is being implemented by Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB).
Work on improving the shelter homes has already started and all of them are expected to be ready by June 15, CEO of DUSIB Chetan Sangi said.
Apart from upgrading existing homes,a number of new facilities will be built for accommodating homeless children,women,physically challenged and people affected by substance abuse.
Sanghi said following a request by the DUSIB,the DDA has offered a plot at Narela and two at Rohini to build permanent shelter homes for the homeless. According to government figures,the city has around 60,000 homeless people. The shelter homes can accommodate around 14,000 people.
He said government has decided to provide electricity and water connections to all shelter homes. The possibility of providing health and educational facilities to the occupants of shelter homes is also being explored.
Two committees have been formed by DUSIB and Delhi government to improve the services in shelter homes with the help of all stakeholders including NGOs,Sanghi said.
A monitoring support committee has been set up to undertake an independent audit of the shelter homes. The government had constructed 66 permanent shelter homes and 84 temporary homes last year to provide accommodation to the homeless people.