The Telegraph
Saturday , January 10 , 2015

Night shelter reopens

A rayen basera near Pahadi Temple in Ranchi was reopened on Friday, providing the much-needed shelter to migrated labourers and rickshaw-pullers, who have been spending nights on streets in this harsh winter.

According to RMC sources, the other night shelters across Ranchi will soon follow suit, thanks to joint efforts by Sulabh International, which runs the baseras, and Ekjut, an NGO.

"Night shelters were built to provide temporary accommodation to the homeless. But, people remained apathetic towards the facility," said Jai Prakash Jha, deputy controller, Sulabh International, Jharkhand.

The civic body had constructed a total of 11 rayen baseras in 2010-11 and handed them over to Sulabh International for maintenance and operation. But, the night halts mostly remained locked or illegally occupied by some rogue elements.

In September last year, Ekjut started a night outreach programme, during which people sleeping on the roads near the shelters were encouraged to avail of the facilities.

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