New Delhi: The Delhi government has requested the High Court to permit it to shut down the temporary night shelters for homeless in the national capital as they had low occupancy and required over Rs 1 crore per month for their maintenance.

Hearing on the petition, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna ordered the inspection of all the night shelters by a committee constituted by the court for the verification of the claims made by the government.

The bench also asked the committee to check whether the facilities in the shelter homes provided by the government are in sync with the orders issued in the past by the court. The committee has been directed to submit its report by July 20.

The Counsel for Delhi Government Najmi Waziri said these temporary homes were set up for a period of three months during the peak winter season. Thereafter, the shelter homes were dispossessed by the government authorities.

However, in compliance with Court orders, Delhi Government has made shelter homes which are functional round the year. The lawyer argued that the shelter homes had a low occupancy and required a whopping amount of Rs 1.19 crore per month for the maintenance.