Soon, the homeless citizens of Navi Mumbai will get a place to stay as the work for the much-awaited night shelter has begun in Ghansoli. The shelter will accommodate over 100 people. The shelter building will be coming up on plot no. 240 measuring an area of 533 sq. m. at sector 4 of Ghansoli.
The project is most likely to be completed in one year at the cost of Rs. 2.33 crores. The cost is being funded by the government in compliance with the apex court directive to set up mandatory night shelters in cities having a population of more than five lakh.
The upcoming night shelter will provide refuge for the homeless and destitute in the city especially during the monsoon and winter seasons. Also, there is another proposal for a shelter in Khoparkhairne node which is yet to receive administrative permission. The night shelters are part of the NMMC’s plan to construct shelters as per 2011 census of Navi Mumbai.
As per the apex order, there should be one night shelter for every one lakh people and should have a capacity to house 100 people.
“This is a positive beginning after several hurdles that led to inordinate delay in commencement of construction work. Finally, the civic administration has begun groundwork after the ceremonial bhoomipujan recently,” said local corporator.
CIDCO had kept the plot for social welfare and handed it over to the NMMC a year ago at a concessional rate.
The shelter will provide basic amenities like mattresses, toiletries, blankets, potable drinking water and primary health facilities. The ground floor has been designed as stilt area whereas other three floors will have rooms and dormitories. Anil Nerpagare, NMMC executive engineer said, “As the work started on yesterday it will take next 12 months to complete the project.”
The construction and operational work has to be carried out by the civic body as per government norms.