MCD opens 37 new night shelters, to house 5000 more people
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 22:06
New Delhi: After a Supreme Court directive to authorities to ensure adequate shelters for the homeless in Delhi, the MCD today opened 37 new night shelters in various parts of the city, which is under the grip of a cold wave.

This brings the total number of night shelters run by MCD to 64, officials said.

"We have opened the 37 new night shelters in compliance of the directions of the Supreme Court issued yesterday. Their total capacity is about 5000 people," an MCD official said.

The new night shelters have been opened in the permanent structures of the existing community halls of the Slum and JJ Department.

The MCD was already operating 27 night shelters. Out of these, 17 are permanent night shelters, two are permanent night shelters for women and children and eight are temporary shelters to be run till March 31.

"MCD provides blankets, mats, drinking water and public convenience at these shelters. The services are free of charge during winter," it said in a statement.

Taking serious view of poor people in the capital suffering due to the biting cold conditions, the Supreme Court yesterday directed the Delhi Government to ensure adequate shelters, blankets and water facilities for the homeless.


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 22:06

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