Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday directed the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) to set up separate night shelters for homeless women before the onset of winter.
Jung directed the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to carry out a survey in their respective districts and identify locations for establishment of such night shelters. “These night shelters for women shall be located independent of the existing night shelters primarily occupied by men. The Lt Governor also directed that the general upkeep of existing night shelters be improved,” said an L-G house official.
On Wednesday, a review meeting with all DCs revealed low or no occupancy of night shelters by women and raised concerns about the safety and security of homeless women.
Apart from that, the safety audit carried out by DCs to assess safe and unsafe areas for women in their districts suggested that attention be paid to street lighting in certain areas, L-G house officials said.
Jung also directed that gram sabha and other government lands, made free from encroachments, should be used for establishing dispensaries and schools, and that it requires close coordination between health and education departments.
For instance, in the south-west district, 15 locations have been identified where dispensaries running in rented accommodation can be shifted, he said. Jung instructed the DCs to send to the Education department a list of locations, identified by them in their districts, for setting up of one new girls’ school.
He also directed that land identified for establishing a working women’s hostel be handed over to the Women and Child department for necessary action. In the North district, Jung said that sports facilities should be developed in five villages.
During the review of the health scenario in the national capital, it was discussed that several matters required multi-pronged solutions.
During inspection of hospitals by DCs it was found that there is need for better ambulance networks in those districts where mother and child care health facilities are located at a significant distance, coordination with blood banks and agencies such as the Red Cross to ensure ready availability of blood units.
At the review meeting, Jung laid stressed on the need for coordination with the department of Education to attend to requirements of teaching and other staff, as also coordination with agencies such as Public Works Department (PWD) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to maintain the general upkeep of schools.
Jung also said that water ATMs should be established after a need-based analysis is carried out by the DCs in their districts, to ensure best use of this facility. Regular cleaning of ‘dhalaos’ by municipal corporations in each district, particularly in Wazirpur Industrial Area, was highlighted in the meeting.
The Lt Governor reiterated that the primary function of the Municipal Corporation is to ensure cleanliness and hygiene and that it must stay committed to this primary role. Jung also asked the DCs to identify vulnerable buildings in their districts to prevent loss to life and property, especially in the wake of monsoon.
Jung directed the Divisional Commissioner to follow up with concerned agencies and submit an action taken report on each of the issues discussed at the meeting within the next two weeks.