Delhi night shelters asked to improve facilities

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 08, 2013 16:10 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) With bitter cold conditions continuing in the capital, a senior Delhi government official Tuesday conducted surprise checks and directed all night shelters to improve amenities.

Delhi Chief Secretary D.M. Sapolia Tuesday inspected several night shelters in north Delhi and directed officials to make all arrangements to provide amenities to homeless people.

"The chief secretary found that at a number of places, the persons spending the night there were more than the capacity, following which he directed the officials to commission at least one or two more night shelters at these sites as early as possible," said a Delhi government official.

Delhi is witnessing harsh winter conditions for the past several days.

Sapolia also instructed the officials to keep blankets and mattresses in large quantity to ensure that at least two blankets to every person are provided at the night shelters, said the official.

"Instructions have been given to increase frequency of mobile medical vans at the night shelters as harsh winter conditions continue to prevail in the Capital city," he said.

The chief secretary also observed shortage of drinking water and mobile toilets at some night shelters and directed the officials to make all necessary arrangements.

The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board runs 132 night shelters.

It is the nodal agency to provide shelter facilities for the homeless. Its night shelters have all necessary facilities. These include toilet, electricity, bedding, blankets and water.

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