STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi ,6 January
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the Ramakrishna Mission inaugurated the Vivekananda Shelter Home in the Capital, giving some respite from the bitter cold for the homeless.
Swami Shantatmanandaji Maharaj, secretary of the New Delhi centre of the Mission, said this is the first initiative of the kind by Ramkrishna Mission. The shelter will accommodate hundreds of homeless citizens of Delhi who are forced to sleep on the streets, he added.
Shantatmanandaji Maharaj said, "At present only two floors have been completed with a capacity of 160 persons. When it is complete it will accommodate 500 homeless people."
A member of the Mission, Mr Arun Dey, said two blankets, carpets and a pillow were being provided to each inmate. There are separate toilets for the disabled. The whole shelter home will be under CCTV camera surveillance.
A homeless man, Pappu, who is a native of Bihar said, "It was becoming impossible to survive in this severe cold. But with the opening of the night shelter we will get relief from this bone chilling cold."