New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered all the states and union territories to ensure that night shelters for homeless are revamped by October 31, i.e. before the arrival of winters. The decision was taken by the Apex Court bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari while hearing a petition related to providing shelter to the destitutes.

Various states in their affidavits informed the court about the steps being taken by them in that regard. Counsel for Uttar Pradesh government, Rajkumar Gupta, informed the bench that the state government is abiding by the ruling of the Court.

“As many as 140 shelter homes (rain basera) have been built, out of which 51 are permanent and the rest are temporary shelters. More so, facilities including drinking water, bed and medical have been made available in these shelters,” he said.

Madhya Pradesh government on its part informed the court that the construction of 69 shelter homes was underway while 33 of the shelters were ready in the state. Similarly, the Rajasthan and Bihar governments gave details of the shelters in their jurisdiction.

The Apex Court expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by these states in providing night shelters to the homeless.

The Apex Court, however, pulled up Mahrashtra government for adopting an insensitive approach on the issue and directed it to submit another affidavit in two weeks.

The bench also directed the West Bengal government to carry its work on the lines of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh after it apprised the court about the incomplete work because of the ongoing Assembly elections.

The next hearing has been listed for May 9.

JPN/Bureau