Hyderabad: In a rapid survey, 93 teams of the GHMC spread across the twin cities to identify the number of homeless and ascertain the requirement of night shelters. The survey was conducted Kapra, Uppal, L.B. Nagar, Charminar, Rajendernagar, Abids, Alwal, Secunderabad, Serilingampally and Kukatpally.
GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar said the main purpose of the survey was to ascertain why they stay on roads, without which any remedial action will be a failure. The homeless identified on Monday may be a minimum number which is likely to increase when the climate changes.
The survey will identify the age group of the homeless and their reasons for living on the streets. We have already informed the principal secretary, medical & health for setting up of night shelters at various hospitals, and this proposal will have a clearer picture with the collection of comprehensive data.
According to the GHMC, the civic authorities will seek the support of donors in establishing the night shelters with minimum facilities such as toilets. The Commissioner further stated that GHMC will involve donors and NGOs to take responsibility of maintenance of the night shelters, with financial assistance from GHMC.