19,000 homeless persons to sleep in shelters this winter
In an effort to prevent death of any homeless person due to sleeping in open during Delhi’s chilly winters, the government has arranged night shelters and tents to accommodate at least 19,000 people.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said: “a few days ago a meeting of all departments was held in this regard and it was emphasized that no person dies because of sleeping in the open in cold nights. We all need to endeavor so that no one dies while sleeping in the open during winter.”
In total, 198 night shelters and 40 tents have been set up to accommodate around 19,000 persons. If more people come there will be not be any shortage of space,” he further said while inaugurating two night shelters at Geeta Ghat near Kashmere Gate.
He also launched an App developed by Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) for rescuing homeless people during the cold nights and putting them at night shelters.
“The App will enable people to click pictures of homeless people sleeping out in the night and send it so that they could be rescued and sheltered, he said while criticizing social media enthusiasts for mocking the government over it.
“This app is not meant for the homeless people to use as some mocked it on social media. It is for all of us who have phones and who have been taken care of by the God. You need to click the photo and send us as you see homeless people sleeping in the open so that rescue teams could bring them to night shelters,” he said.