For Dalayya of Palakonda an iron makes all the difference. His iron was stolen by someone and since then he cannot take up his work ironing clothes to earn a living.

Earlier, he was at Akkayyapalem. He now lives with his wife at the night shelter on the second floor of TSR Complex.

One of the rooms is exclusively given for women without a home.

Jyothi, a young woman, worked at a hotel on the Beach Road till two months back but gave it up following ill health.

She and her husband came from Hyderabad and were sleeping on the platform before shifting to the shelter.

One of the ragpickers hails from Ghantasala in Krishna district. Another, Nagamani, begins her work at 6 a.m. and ends up earning around Rs.50 day after separating and selling them.

Narayana is a paralytic and needs medicines. Representatives of Association for Regional Tribal Development (Urban) approached the GVMC for medicines for those living in the shelter but did not get any.

Several children of varying ages do not attend any school.

Former Union Energy Secretary E.A.S. Sarma, who interacted with them on Tuesday, asked the representatives to make out a list, specifying the needs like training so that women like Jyothi can take up some work like tailoring.

Noted physician Kutikuppala Surya Rao had promised to visit the shelter once in a month and provide medical assistance.

Mr. Sarma said those living at the shelter should not fall prey to vice and send children to school.

Provide water

Women at Gandinagaram in Battavanipalem made a fervent appeal that water be provided to them with as their children or older women could not do fetch water crossing drains when they were at work.

Though a borewell has been sanctioned it could not be sunk owing to the ongoing strike, organisers of the meeting said.