However, the Delhi government came to his rescue by announcing that food and shelter will be provided to the city's homeless people. Bipin Rai, a member of DUSIB (Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board), spoke to India Today TV about the facilities available in the night shelters.
"The basic facilities available include sleeping space, restrooms, and food. We have been providing lunches and dinners to all who wish to eat in the shelter homes, regardless of where and how they have come. Everyone is welcome here, including those who do not even have lived here, "said Bipin Rai.
"On Wednesday, 18,500 people received food in 234-night shelters. We also ask them to practice social distancing by maintaining an adequate distance while in the queues. Also, we are distributing masks and hand sanitizers to determine maximum precautions. It was overwhelming. serving people who haven't eaten anything in three days, "Rai said.
He further elaborated the prospects for expanding these provisions.
"Now, we are planning to put 35 more night shelters into operation. Since the need is increasing to an exponential level, we have planned to open 5 night shelters per day."
India Today TV did a reality check at the home of the Kashmiri Gate shelter where food was served to 7,000 people on Wednesday. Dozens of people were seen around the shelter home, waiting for food.
Neeshu Tripathi, speaking to India Today TV, said: "Lunch and dinner receive all essential services and proper hygiene is also maintained in the kitchens. So far, the supply of raw materials has been adequate and on Wednesday it was provided food to large numbers of people. We are becoming aware of the practice of social distancing, we are ensuring that cleanliness is prioritized. "
HELPING THE ELDERLY
It is a relief for 77-year-old JS Luthra to have her medications delivered to her door in the middle of the lockdown following the outbreak of Coronavirus. The delivery was not made by a professional, but by a young volunteer who is part of a group of residents who help older people with their daily needs in Lajpat Nagar, South Delhi.
When Harpreet, a young student of mass communication rings the bell, he is greeted by a smiling white-bearded Sikh gentleman who greets him from the balcony. Luthra comes down, her face covered with a scarf, to get her medicine.
A relieved Luthra says, "With these people around, I don't have to worry about a thing."
Harpreet is one of the many volunteers in the neighborhood who have joined together to help the elderly in these trying times. They go from house to house and meet the needs of the elderly, literally on their doorstep. Harpreet says that with his university closed this is the best he can do.
The blockade has been extremely hard on the lonely old men who are among the most vulnerable. Depending primarily on daily household chores, meeting daily needs can be challenging for these older people. In these times of trial, residents of Lajpat Nagar, a town in South Delhi, have come together to help them.
"We have formed a WhatsApp group and have added all the older people in the area along with those who wish to volunteer to help them. Since they face difficulties in getting around, we can make sure that everything they need is delivered to their homes." Amarjit Singh, a resident said.
It's not just about daily needs, but also about managing your health by regularly telling them what residents have been up to.
"We make sure that someone contacts them regularly to ensure that they are well maintained. Not only their daily needs, but also their health," said Poonam Bhasin, another resident who is part of the initiative.
Another senior Kavita Bhalla, who lives alone, says she runs a guest pay center, but they are all gone due to the outbreak. "It is difficult for people like me. I have some ration, but if this lasts long, I do not know how I will manage," he says.
Another older person, Anila Khanna, who lives alone, says she has seen all kinds of emergencies since the 1962 Chinese war and is hopeful that this will also happen. "I am self-sufficient, but it is comforting to know that people in the neighborhood are there to help," he said.
2,200 FAMILIES ADOPTED
As the country grapples with the national blockade to control the spread of the coronavirus, daily gambling and other workers are hardest hit. The blockade has deprived bets of their daily income, leaving them without food for their families.
Amid the disturbing situation, Wave City has adopted more than 2,200 daily gambling families and farm workers from Kazipura, Bayana, Ikla, Naiphal, Mehrauli, Kachera, Duyai, Inayatpur, Bhameta villages and 800 construction workers working in the Wave City site.
All necessary food grains and medical supplies will be provided free of charge to these individuals until the closure is complete and returns to normal.
Speaking about the initiative, Manpreet Singh Chadha, president of Wave Group, said: "The most affected are daily wagers and workers. Understanding the need, Wave City has adopted all families who work at the site and the families of the Workers who work for village farmers. Necessary food grains and medical supplies will be delivered to your door for the next 21 days. I urge everyone to stay home and stay safe and win this fight against the virus together. "
As coronavirus pandemic cases are on the rise in Noida, residents have begun to come up with new ideas for maintaining minimal human contact and maintaining social distance.
& # 39; At Nirala Greenshire in Greater Noida West, which has been closed since last week, residents have formed a WhatsApp group for those who cannot leave their apartments. Residents place their orders in the WhatsApp group in a prescribed format with their flat numbers, after which the facility management purchases the essentials and delivers them. Residents then pay through digital wallets.
"To maintain social estrangement after two positive cases were found here, we are supplying orders from families quarantined in the lobby of their apartments. Residents are coming down the stairs to pick up the order. For those who cannot go down, we have identified a place in front of two empty floors, "said Santosh Dhama, facilities manager for Nirala Greenshire.