Facility planned for 2,000 homeless people by the year-end

Twenty-one non-government organisations have come forward to join hands with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to provide night shelters for at least 2,000 homeless poor of the twin cities by the end of the year.

The GHMC identified 70 shelters for accommodating them where all basic amenities will be taken care of with the support of the voluntary groups.

To provide more awareness of the project, a campaign is proposed to be taken up in the surveyed areas to highlight the rights as well as basic needs of the destitutes, according to the urban community development wing.

Food, medicines, clothes, bed sheets and hygiene facilities like haircut, bath and toilets will be provided during the campaign.

Rallies to be held

The objective is also to sensitise the civil society about the rights of the homeless. Localised rallies are to be held along with group meetings, a press release stated.

Night shelters are coming into vogue after the Supreme Court directed all cites with a population of more than five lakh to provide such homes in the ratio of at least one per lakh population.

It is being proposed that the shelters have facilities like lockers, television sets, library, indoor games, kitchen, and beds and so on. Counselling including legal and others are to be held.

The NGOs

Dalit Women Forum, LSN Foundation, Amanvedika., Spurti, Sannihitha, Aasra-GHMC, APSA, Aashray, Destitute Home, APMWS, Navabharath Association, Conare, SUCH, Don Bosco Navajeevan, Kinnera Welfare Association, Janavikas Society, Aashray-Home away from Home, HARD, Access, Press and Scope are the NGOs which had consented to participate.

  • GHMC identifies 70 shelters for accommodating the homeless

  • All basic amenities will be taken care of with support of NGOs