Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, April 1
In view of the lockdown in the district, the district administration has started shelter home for homeless and needy persons, where they would be provided protection, food and medical facilities.
While giving information, District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pradeep Kumar Agrawal said, “Under the Disaster Management Act 2005, as many as 57 buildings have been designated as shelter homes in Ludhiana district. An SHO-level officer and a Civil Officer have been deputed as in-charge of each shelter home. Two SDMs, Ludhiana (West) and Ludhiana (East), have been appointed as nodal officers for these shelter homes.”
“Earlier, 10 locations were identified, but now the number has been increased to 57. More than 35,000 people can be accommodated in these shelter homes at one time,” the DC added.
“The needy and homeless should give intimation at their nearest police station. The police will take them to shelter homes. At shelter homes, these people will have to maintain social distancing all the time,” the DC said.
“For proper functioning of these shelter homes, Police Commissioner, Secretary (RTA), PSPCL, Municipal Commissioner, Civil Surgeon and SDM (East and West) have been deputed,” the DC added.
The DC appealed to migrants moving towards other states to reach shelter homes and follow all guidelines related to the lockdown.
Mayor inspects shelter homes
Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu checked shelter homes for homeless in the city today. He found some discrepancies at a shelter home in the Zone-A area. Social distance was not being maintained during distribution of food, the Mayor said.
Even no required distance was being maintained between persons sleeping at these shelters, the Mayor added. Strict instructions have been given by the Mayor to the staff concerned to follow the advisory issued by doctors to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Mayor asked the staff to make sure that there was proper distance between persons staying at these shelters.
The Mayor also directed the staff concerned to provide food to persons staying at these shelters on time. In case of an emergency, the medical facility must be provided to these persons, the Mayor added.
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