Roads Turn Homes for Migrants

The homeless in the Capital City are yet to get the benefits of night shelters as majority of them are still using roadsides for their makeshift homes.

Published: 26th December 2013 10:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th December 2013 10:04 AM   |  A+A-

The homeless in the Capital City are yet to get the benefits of night shelters as majority of them are still using roadsides for their makeshift homes.

Currently, the city has two operational night shelters and one of them was inaugurated last month.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has the responsibility of constructing and maintaining the night shelters.

The fund for the purpose was provided by the State Government, but BMC has to arrange the manpower.

Sources said BMC does not have adequate staff to provide two night shelters. Lack of manpower has made it difficult for the Corporation to execute its everyday duties, let alone managing new projects.

Another problem is of location as the recently inaugurated night shelter has been constructed in Bhimpur.

Majority of the homeless are migrant and seasonal labourers who come to the city in search of alternate livelihood.

They prefer to set up the makeshift homes near commercial complexes so that they do not have to travel too far.

According to a Supreme Court (SC) directive in 2011, all States were asked to construct night shelters in urban areas to provide refuge to the migrant homeless.

Even two years after SC directive, no major progress has been made in this direction and the homeless continue to put up with the cold temperatures to get some income.

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