HC directs BMC to seek land from govt to build night shelters

By Accommodation Times News Services

Homeless IndiaThe Bombay High Court during hearing a public interest litigation filed by NGO ‘Homeless Collective’ highlighting the plight of pavement dwellers, ordered Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to forward a proposal to the Maharashtra government seeking allotment of land for night shelters to be used by homeless people.

A division bench headed by Justice A S Oka asked BMC to forward its proposal to the state government’s Urban Development Department within a fortnight. The government has been directed to then take a decision on the issue by October 17. The court said the government shall consider earmarking sites for construction of night shelters.

The NGO ‘Homeless Collective’ petition has sought directions to the civic and state authorities to identify homeless persons and ensure adequate night shelters for them and court has ordered tha Non-compliance of our orders will be considered seriously.

The petitioner maintained that for every one lakh population in a city, there should be one night shelter as per the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM). As per the norm, Mumbai should have 207 shelters. However, only nine night shelters are operating at the moment as opposed to the 25 that were promised in 2012, the PIL said

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