New Delhi: Come winter and the deplorable condition of the homeless people in the national capital turns worse from bad. Thousands of homeless people are forced to spend nights under the sky in biting cold of Delhi.

Although the High Court sprang into action on Tuesday directing the Delhi government to reopen 64 night shelters and arrange basic facilities in the 20 temporary night shelters in the national capital, these measures won’t be sufficient to provide relief to the lakhs of homeless people residing here.

According to government figures, 1.7 lakh people (which is 1 percent of the total population of Delhi) have no roof over their heads. These people take refuge either on footpaths or rickshaws during the night.

Keeping in mind the approaching winters, the High Court had directed the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) on August 9 to reopen the closed night shelters.

According to a DUSIB official, “At least two dozen tents have been put up at different places in Delhi.”

JPN/Bureau