New Delhi [India]: As the cold wave is holding its sway over the parts of North India including the national capital, shelter homes have been opened for homeless people.
The shelter homes, ‘Rain Basera’ have beds, blankets, breakfast, and ample space for the homeless people.
Amjad Khan, Hailing from Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal thanked the government for opening of shelter homes.
“The government has done good management for homeless people here, we used to sleep outside here, but since the administration has made these temporary houses, we are shifted here. Tea and breakfast are available in the morning, blankets are also available here,” he said.
Nihal Hussain, the caretaker of the night shelter, Rain Basera on Lodhi Road, said that we have proper arrangements for bed, breakfast, water, and toilet for the needy ones.
“There are a total of eight caretakers, who are deployed in different shifts on a rotation basis,” he said.
Regarding medical assistance, Nihal said, “we have been provided with a First Aid kit and we have been trained for providing First Aid treatment. We have been given the Ambulance’s number if the situation goes out of hand.”
However, there are people having a single-layered blanket and brave extreme cold conditions.
With the steady dip in mercury levels in Delhi, the destitute are left with only one option to huddle around bonfires and shiver.
“We are facing a lot of trouble, there is no place in ‘Rain Basera’, night shelters for homeless people in Delhi, we do not have a single blanket, we are left with no food and drink,” Roshan, a homeless, resorting to the bonfire at Delhi’s Kashmere gate area, said, adding that he is drinking pipe water and sleep in the filth.
To a question why he is not shifting to ‘Rain Basera’, Roshan said, “We tried to go there, but it is full to its capacity. People snake up in a queue outside because the entry starts at 6 pm.”
The national capital’s Safdarjung observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 9 degrees Celcius, which is likely to dip further this forthcoming week, IMD said.
Notably, the homeless people, who were rejected from Rain Basera due to overcrowding, demanded of more night shelters from the government.
“It is cold at night, they shun me when I go to the Rain Basera,” said another homeless person, spurned from Rain Basera due to overcrowding, adding that more night shelters should be made.