In anticipation of peak winters in the National Capital Region, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has made additional provisions to protect the homeless by procuring eight portable cabins that will serve as night shelters, in addition to the two permanent ones already in place. A third permanent night shelter at Sheetla Mata Mandir, with two rooms only for women, has also been opened.
The eight portable cabins will be placed across the city — at Rajiv Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Basai Chowk, Dundahera, Khandsa Chowk, Shankar Chowk, Sector 56 and Sikanderpur Metro station.
“The portable cabins are 10×20 feet, and can accommodate up to 10 people at a time. So, in total, these cabins can provide shelter to 80 more homeless people this year,” said Mahender Singh, Chief Project Officer.
Singh said that each cabin will have a caretaker, 10 sets of bedding, and a mobile toilet nearby. These cabins will be functional by the end of next week.
He added that attempts will, however, be made to ensure that those who occupy the cabins are men, and women are sent to the permanent shelters, which are “safer”. “If there are women who come to the cabins seeking shelter, the caretakers will call us and we will arrange for a vehicle to pick them up and transport them to the permanent night shelters in the city. The latter have separate rooms for women, to prevent any adverse situation,” Singh said.
He added that this will also be done if a cabin is overcrowded. “The liason officers have been told that if there are homeless people looking for a roof for the night, the community centre should be available to them for the purpose,” said Singh.