Mumbai: Schools, marriage halls to become homeless shelters to protect from COVID-19

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Civic schools and marriage halls are bein transformed into temporary shelters as part of an action plan drawn up by the state government to protect Mumbai’s homeless and the helpless migrant labourers.Mumbai, with most COVID-19 cases in India, has an estimated 2 lakh homeless population, who are caught in a endangered position following the imposition of a 21-day nationwide lockdown.

CMUddhav Thackeray on Friday administered officials to locate safe spaces or temporary shelters to self-isolate the homeless population.Empty civic schools were pointed as a readymade solution because they have water supply facilities and rooms, and can easily be requisitioned by the government. Along with schools, disused marriage halls were also discussed as possible solutions.

Accordingly, the offices of the Mumbai (City) Collector and the Mumbai (Suburban) Collector were informed to find all such safe spaces and procure them. The government has cited emergency provisions under the Epidemic Act, 1857, to acquire these.

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