Homelessness and cold kills 3 people in Delhi

By Accommodation Times News Services

About one month ago Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had announced that ‘No homeless to be left unsheltered this winter’

India WeatherDelhi’s temperature is constantly dropping and the city is freezing under sever cold waves, due to this on Sunday three homeless persons died in the city. NGO, Holistic Development, which works for homeless people, said bodies of three homeless persons were found and authorities have been informed about it. The body of one homeless person was found in the premises of GTB hospital this morning, the hospital authorities informed.

As per the authorities, “It seems that they died due to Hypothermia, a condition in which the body’s core temperature drops below that required for normal metabolism and body functions.” As minimum temperature plummeted to 2.6 degrees Celsius, the city is witnessing coldest nights of the year.

About one month ago Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had announced that ‘No homeless to be left unsheltered this winter’ and he had ordered that, thousands of homeless people in Delhi should get new blankets and be served tea and rusks every morning at night shelters.

As per the Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry in Delhi there are 16,600 homeless persons in Delhi including children and old persons and 184 night shelters that can accommodate 14,584 homeless are currently functioning. Still 2016 homeless people are left unsheltered in the city, who are sleeping on pavements of the various localities of the city under open sky.

The Minister further informed that the Delhi Government has plans to build more night shelters under National Urban Livelihoods Mission and seven sites have been already identified in this regard. These are at Gazipur, two each in Rohini and Dwarka, Narela and Nangloi Phase-II. Efforts are also underway for procurement of five more plots from DDA for constructing night shelters including two each in Dwarka and Narela and one at Rohini.

But, as per a recent survey carried out by Centre For Holistic Development (CHD), the shelters space at the night shelter in the national capital is deficient by 87.4 per cent. “222 shelters (92 Permanent, 109 temporary and 21 tents for the homeless residents in Delhi accounts for mere 12.6 per cent of the proposed space for them under the Master Plan for Delhi 2021,” the NGO said.

CHD claimed that “only 4,889 persons can be accommodated going by the National Urban Livelihood Mission’s Scheme for Shelters for the Urban Homeless (NULM-SUH) benchmark of 50 square feet per person (mentioned in out affidavit submitted in the Delhi High Court of Delhi on November 14, 2014)”. DUSIB claims to cater to 14,584 persons (which is about 16.76 square feet per person).

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