GHMC Plans to Convert RTC Buses as Night Shelters for Poor
By Express News Service | Published: 28th January 2014 08:10 AM |
Two buses of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) will be modified by removing all the seats and made available for shelter-less people and destitutes during night time.
These buses after modification will turn as temporary night shelters and would move to places like government hospitals, Indo- American Cancer Hospital where attendants of poor patients coming from various parts of the country for treatment can sleep in these buses during night time.
GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar said that APSRTC has joined hands with the GHMC for providing two buses and they will be placed where the requirement is more to provide shelter to the people at nights. The GHMC is also planning to provide mobile toilets near temporary night shelters for the convenience of the people, he added.
A rapid survey conducted recently has identified 3,498 shelterless people and only 1,600 people were keen on staying in night shelters. Since most of them were not willing to stay in night shelters, the GHMC is planning to take up a special drive to explain them about the benefits of night shelters.
The commissioner said that the corporation will take up construction of compound walls for 385 open spaces at a cost of Rs 49 crore.
He further requested the public to provide information regarding open spaces in their localities to the GHMC through call centre 155304.