No water at night shelter, 6 civil engineers suspended

No water at night shelter, 6 civil engineers suspended

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday suspended six engineers after he found that water was not supplied to many night shelters.

He had asked the chief executive officer of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board to review the availability of basic amenities in all 181 night shelters of Delhi and submit the report by May 1.

In their report, the officials said during their visits to night shelters on April 30 and May 1, they found there was no water in seven night shelters of which three are located at Taimur Nagar, Neela Gumbad, Vasant Vihar Pahari and four around Sarai Kale Khan bus terminal.

“Taking cognisance of laxity of supervision at the seven night shelters where water was unavailable, six junior engineers and assistant engineers have been placed under suspension,” a statement said, adding that show cause notices have been issued to the NGOs managing these night shelters.

The LG’s secretariat also instructed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), which supplies water across the city, to ensure free and regular supply to all the 181 night shelters.

“Water is the most critical element in the months of summer, especially for those who are the most vulnerable and have to survive the heat by taking refuge in night shelters.

It is our moral duty to ensure that there is regular water supply in these night shelters. There can be no laxity on this front,” Delhi LG Najeeb Jung said in a statement.

The LG’s office said if the NGOs responsible for taking care of these night shelters fail to give a satisfactory answer then legal action will be initiated against them.

“We cannot allow such NGOs to run the night shelters.

It is a matter of life and death of the homeless people.

We need sensible and responsible NGOs. If the NGOs are found guilty, they will be removed with immediate effect and new ones will be invited to take over,” the statement added.

According to officials, there are some 50,000 homeless people in Delhi but the NGOs suspect the number is more than 1.5 lakh.