Adhering to a Supreme Court order, Mangalore City Corporation has set up a temporary night shelter to accommodate homeless people, providing succour to at least 10 homeless people.
Inaugurating the centre near Sharavu temple on Wednesday, Commissioner of the Mangalore City Corporation K.N. Vijay Prakash said that the centre had been set up with funds from the city corporation that was earmarked for the development of the poor.
The building consists of two small rooms with an attached toilet. One room is for office use and the second is where five bunk beds, which can accommodate two people each, have been crammed in.
When the centre was inaugurated, there were five people in the room. All of them spent their night either on the roads or in bus stands. Kumar (25) from Mandya does any work he can find.
Mainly working on construction sites. Twenty-three-year-old Deva from Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu used to spend the night at the bus stand in State Bank. During the day, he would work at construction sites and take his bag of clothes wherever he went.
Mr. Vijay Prakash said that in accordance with the funds from the union government, the city corporation had been constructing two facilities in Padavu and in Bunder for the homeless. The government had approved plans for the first facility which would accommodate 100 women and the same number of men. The building would be built at a cost of Rs. 140 lakh, and the second facility, the proposal for which was awaiting approval, would be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 196 lakh and was likely to shelter more than 200 people.
After construction, the buildings would be handed over to non-governmental organisations, which would run the centres with funds earmarked for the development of urban poor (7.5 per cent of the total budget of the corporation).