New Delhi: In the wake of recent directives from Delhi High Court over the immediate construction of Raen Basera (night shelters) in the national capital, the state government on Thursday decided to construct as many as 30 temporary night shelters for the poor.

Out of the 30 night shelters, five is planned to be constructed in the next three days, sources said. Over 1.50 lakh people in the national capital are reported to be living in the open sky. As the mercury is going down, there is an urgent requirement of huge numbers of temporary shelters for the poor who are battling the hostile weather.

However, the Delhi government has only 64 night shelters, out of which only 24 are in running condition while the rest is in ramshackle. Last year, 84 raen baseras were constructed, while only 15 are operational.

“Out of the 84 night shelters erected last year, 17 were burnt and 52 were closed as people denied shifting there,” said Delhi Night Shelter Director Vijay Sharma, adding, “As per the directives of the court we are speeding up the construction of shelters and expect to complete it in the stipulated time.”

Comprehensive plans for beggars: Kiran Walia

In a bid to improve the condition of beggars in the national capital, Delhi Social Welfare Minister Kiran Walia said that the government is mulling to formulate a comprehensive and effective plan in this regard.

Terming the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959 anti-poor, she said that the state will propose the Centre to bring necessary changes in it in order to help and empower the poor.

NDMC chief inspects area

Chairperson of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Archana Arora, on Thursday took stock of the areas under the civic agency and asked all zonal officers to rectify the problems within stipulated timeframe.

Areas visited by Arora: Chanakyapuri, Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Laxmibai Nagar, Kidwai Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Race Course Road, Moti Bagh, Khan Market and Connaught Place.

She checked encroachment, sewer blockage, water leakage, pot holes on roads, missing manholes covers, construction waste on public land, electric panels on the roadside, road and streetlights, unauthorised banner, etc.