The low cost, innovative plan will be implemented soon in the city. Immediately after taking charge of Delhi, the AAP leaders had conducted a surprise visit to the city's night shelter homes and had found that many people are sleeping under flyovrs and open spaces in the biting winter cold.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier announced that they will open at least 1000 new shelter homes. The AAP minister Manish Sisodia said that the sub-divisional magistrates who had been asked to map the homeless in the city had found 4,018 persons sleeping in the open at 212 locations."Of these 212 locations, we have found that we need to provide shelters at 100 places," he said. "Some of the night shelters will be bigger, accommodating 100 to 300 people. Such shelters will be opened near hospitals, railway stations and bus terminuses.
"Small night shelters, to house up to 100 homeless, and others accommodating 30 to 40 persons will be developed at the remaining locations. These night shelters will soon be constructed," Sisodia said, adding that the porta cabins would be put up in two-three days.
"After the government's announcement, a large number of NGOs have come forward to develop the night shelters for the homeless in the city," said Arvind Kejriwal, who had instructed SDMs to conduct night checks in their divisions to identify the homeless.