Pressure too great,shelters to come up on Delhi border

Decision comes days after Sheila spoke of migrant burden from neighbouring states

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 2, 2013 2:10 am

Days after Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit pointed to the burden on Capital’s resources due to influx from neighbouring states,the NCR Planning Board announced the creation of round-the-clock shelters on Delhi’s periphery.

“The number of shelters in the city has gone up from 30 to 190 and most of them are running beyond their capacity. While Delhi needs more night shelters,paucity of land does not permit construction of more within the city. A unified strategy is required for NCR states so that more night shelters could be created in the satellite towns of Delhi,’’ an official,who attended the NCRPB meeting,said.

“Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has agreed to fund 50 per cent of the cost of the 24×7 shelters,while 20 per cent will be paid for by the NCR Planning Board. The remaining 30 per cent will be borne by states,” Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said.

To reduce Delhi’s burden,the neighbouring states of Haryana,Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan should create infrastructure related to health,education,sewage treatment and night shelters,he said.

“Delhi Chief Minister had pointed out that Delhi bears the burden of the neighbouring states in the health sector as people come here for treatment. States with NCR towns should set up health facilitiesso that the pressure on Delhi can be eased,” he said.

Similarly,other states need to set up more schools,Kamal Nath said.

Echoing the minister,an official said: “Hospitals located in NCR areas outside Delhi should be upgraded to provide advance treatment.”

At the meeting,Dikshit said,“I have asked the NCR Planning Board and Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath to devise an action plan to provide quality services in the satellite towns. They have also been asked to come up with a set of guidelines for disposal of Delhi’s waste in collaboration with UP and Haryana.’’

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