Delhi shelter homes to become all weather homes
New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Shelter homes in Delhi are being upgraded to make them all-weather homes so as provide a roof to the homeless during summer and rains as well.
Work on improving the shelter homes provided during the 2011 winter has already stated, and all of them are expected to get ready by June 15, according to Chetan Sanghi, CEO, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB).
The walls and roofs are to be upgraded by using bison board fitted with thermocol. Fans will also be provided to beat the intense summer heat.
This is one of the tasks the DUSIB has undertaken to provide better care for the homeless in the capital.
Assisted by NGOs, the DUSIB has decided that 30 of the total 150 shelter homes which report low occupancy will be used as special shelter homes.
Sanghi said they will cater to people with special needs such as children, families, women, physically challenged, senior citizens and those suffering from substance abuse.
In response to an appeal by DUSIB to land owning agencies to part with vacant land and unused buildings, the DDA has offered one plot at Narela and two at Rohini to build permanent shelter homes, the CEO said..
Sanghi said that in addition, construction of permanent shelter homes or adding floors to existing shelter homes is under consideration at Nangloi, Raja Garden, Mangolpuri, Gautampuri and Dwarka Sector 7.
It has been decided to provide electricity and water connections to all shelter homes. The possibility of providing Anganwaris as well as health and educational facilities is being explored.
A "Joint Apex Advisory Committee" and "Score Commitee" have been formed by DUSIB and Delhi Government to improve the services in shelter homes with the help of all stakeholders including NGOs, added Shri Sanghi..
A Monitoring Support Committee has been set up to undertake an independent audit of the shelter homes.
Other than official members, the committee will be made up of representatives from TISS, Delhi School of Social Work and IGNOU's School of Social Work.
The administration is providing 66 permanent and 84 temporary shelter homes in Delhi. Their operational task has been handed over to NGOs.
These homes are equipped with all basic amenities. Even temporary shelter homes are designed to protect the homeless from fire.The government has said that electricity and water connections will be issued to all shelter homes on domestic tariff without obtaining NOC from land owning agencie This year, for the first time, 33 temporary structures have been constructed with the financial assistance of DSIIDC, Power Finance Corporation Ltd and ICSIL as part of their corporate social responsibilities. (ANI)
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