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Delhi Govt. orders to replace plastic tent made night shelters with porta cabins
Coming to the rescue of homeless people in Delhi, the state government has announced a series of measures to provide roof to such people who are finding it extremely difficult to face such a biting cold. Arvind Kejriwal-led government has decided to replace all the night shelters being run from plastic tents with porta cabins within three days. The state government has also announced 45 new night shelters within 48 hours.

The newly appointed Chief minister of Delhi said, “The Delhi government runs several night shelters made of tents. So I have ordered that all such night shelters be converted into porta cabins in the next 3-4 days.”

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When AAP's ministers Manish Sisodia, Rakhi Birla and AAP leader Sanjay Singh were doing night inspection they noticed the failure of plastic tents in stopping the cold wind. They found that the people sleeping under flyovers and other such places were not willing to go to the night shelters as it was of no use. The new government took a spot decision to provide porta cabin- based shelter to them.

The Chief minister also instructed all the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) to inspect the night shelters to ensure the progress of the work. SDM's also need to provide a list of areas where the shelters are required, by 4 January 2013. This list will be sent to the MLA's of the respective areas and then the work on this porta cabins will begin.

Kejriwal also said that, AAP volunteers along with the NGO Ashray Adhikar Abhiyan, will do the survey and locate the places where porta cabins are required. The work has already been started and a list of around 45 locations has been made.

We spoke to some of the homeless people seeking night shelter and everyone was praising the step taken by the new government. Rani, who stays in the night shelter says, “The night shelters in which we are residing now are of no use, as they don't protect us from the cold breeze during the nights. So we are very happy with the decision of replacing the plastic tents with porta cabins.”

She also emphasized on the security of the night shelters meant for women. “I also request the government to tighten the security around the night shelters for women,” added Rani.

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