Trying to meet the present needs by the optimum utilization of the resources at hand ensures a sustainable development and the Indian Railways have come up with a great idea to do that.
With winters around the corner, the Indian Railways have come up with a unique way to help the homeless. Hyderabad state government has decided to use old train carriages, that have been put out of service, as shelters for the poor and homeless.
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The Telangana Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (TMEMPA) has directed 16 urban local bodies (ULBs), in whose areas 21 new shelters, six of them in Greater Hyderabad, are proposed to be set up during 2017-18, to submit their requirement.
The central government had proposed the use of old railway passenger coaches as shelters for the homeless till full-fledged new shelters are constructed in cities and towns.
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The places where new shelters are to be built in the current financial year include six in Greater Hyderabad and one each in Adilabad, Kamareddy, Karimnagar, Mancheriyal, Medchal, Bhainsa, Nirmal, Armoor, Nizamabad, Vemulawada, Shadnagar, Huzurnagar, Kodad, Yellandu and Bhongir.
The railway ministry suggested that condemned coaches may be used as shelters for the homeless after giving water supply and sewerage connections. Railways offered the condemned coaches on ‘as is where is’ basis and the coaches can be moved by the organisations to places where shelters are to arranged.
This well thought of move will certainly help many homeless people.
Information source: thebetterindia