Mumbai: The homeless people in the
metropolis will be counted on the night of February 28 for
15th National Census.
The first phase of the Census began with house-listing
on May 1 last year, and ended on June 15. The homeless people
were not counted during this phase.
"To count the homeless, ward officials will carry out
counting operations on the night of February 28, but the
ground-work will begin four weeks before," Additional
Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said.
"We have asked all 24 ward offices to gather
information on homeless people, who are either found on
footpaths, or under the bridges," Mhaiskar said.
Over 600 officials from various wards will be involved
in the night-long exercise.
"This floating population moves around the city during
the day and by night they come to sleep at their usual places.
So this is the only time we can go and survey them and get
details. Survey will begin after 11 pm and continue till early
morning," Mhaiskar said.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will start
the second phase of Census from February 9 which will involve
head-count and `population enumeration`.