| After TOI highlighted the decreasing number of homeless people coming to the two night shelters run by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) owing to the dispute between its officials and members of Urja Samiti, the NGO looking after the operations, things have started looking up.
The joint commissioner has ordered and assigned duties to various MCG officials to visit places across the city to look for the destitute and bring them to these two night shelters - at Bhim Nagar and Kanhai village. Moreover, from Thursday evening the MCG has also decided to again start providing food to those who stay here. However, unlike last year, when the MCG provided a vehicle for the NGO members to go around the city to identify the homeless and bring them, this winter this facility is yet to begin.
"The number of people coming to both the night shelters has increased significantly since yesterday. The main reason why people stopped coming here was due to the indifference shown by MCG officials and the provision of food that was stopped abruptly. However, things have started improving a lot in the past couple of days. So while only around six or seven people used to come to these shelters earlier this month, the number has now increased to nearly 30 each in both the night shelters," said an NGO member.
"Our volunteers are visiting various locations where the homeless usually sleep in the open and are bringing them. Among the places we visited on Wednesday night include all the Metro stations, Rajeev Chowk, Iffco Chowk, Sector 4 and 7 crossing, Sohna Road and New Colony. We have been using our own vehicles to transport these homeless people and will do so till such time we get the needed help from the MCG. We are happy that people are coming back and are able to sleep comfortably," he said.
The Gurgaon Municipal Commissioner, Vijay Singh Dahiya, affirmed that the necessary resources will be provided at the earliest.
"We have already deputed officials who will visit places in the city at night and bring people to these shelters. We will provide wide publicity so that residents can direct the destitute to come to any of these two shelters. As far as the vehicles transporting the homeless are concerned, we will provide them as well. I will ask my officials to look into this matter immediately. No effort will be spared to ensure the homeless are provided shelter in this winter cold," he said.