“The district administration always manages to provide the necessary facilities to the needy on time. However, the authorities failed to take preventive steps this year. Gurgaon being an industrial sector houses lakhs of working class people who either commute to their work either by cycle or walking and thus it makes imperative for the authorities to take all the steps to help them beat this cold. In addition to that there are people residing in slums and some are even homeless and hence born fire is a must for them," said Mangat Ram Bagdi, Councillor of Ward No. 10 of MCG.
The councilor has asked Shekhar Vidyarthi, District Deputy Commissioner and Dr. Praveen Kumar, Muncipal Commissioner to arrange the born fire camps within 24hours so that help can be given to poor, working class and the homeless people at the earliest. The councilor has also demanded to not only focus on the city but on the rural areas as well and the responsibility for the same will be taken over by the J.E. Of the concerned ward. The concerned J.E. Will then look into the convenient public places to come up with born fire camps.
Mangat Ram Bagri also demanded increase in the number of night shelters in the city. Bagdi said, “The total population of Gurgaon is twenty lakhs and counting and there are several people who are not even registered with the district administration.
Since, Gurgaon is more of an industrial sector, the city witnesses lot of labor class immigrants who have to survive the chill without a home or a shelter. Therefore, more night shelters should be opened so that the people below the poverty line don't have to spend their night at bus stops, railway stations or any other public spaces.”
He further added, “Looking at the current situation we at least need more than dozen of night shelters in various parts of the city. There are certain existing night shelters who are not equipped with the necessary facilities. Supreme Court has ordained the district administration to come up with new night shelters and operate them as soon as possible, although no one seems to be giving a ear to it.”