‘Housing for all’ was announced by Centre last year. The aim was to provide homes for everyone by the year 2022. In Rajasthan cities, this goal seems a distant vision. High court of Rajasthan appointed commissioners to look into the issues of the homeless toured all three shelters for the poor in Udaipur. In these shelters, the toilets were out of water, blankets stank and there was shortage of drinking water.
Commissioners also found that none of the shelters ran by the guidelines issued by the Scheme Urban Homeless (SUH). Under SUH guidelines, every homeless will get 50sq ft of space. “Udayapole shelter could not admit more than 10 people and in winters about 40 people adjust into the space. There was no facility of drinking water or toilets,” said a guard at this shelter.
The commissioners stated, “Many homeless people were not aware of these facilities because lacks of display boards and general public have poor awareness of
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