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January 9, 2014

Abandoned buses become refuge for India's homeless

Indian netizens praise New Delhi government initiative but question its long-term effectiveness.
Indian migratory workers take shelter under a flyover to keep themselves warm on a wintery night near Sarai Kale Khan bus terminal in New Delhi, India on January 8, 2014. (EPA/HARISH TYAGI)

In India, some abandoned buses have become shelters for the homeless at night. The newly-elected Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi is being hailed by some for fulfilling a promise to provide shelter after growing pressure to improve living conditions for the homeless. The number of buses to be converted is not yet certain, but officials also plan to use portable cabins and other unused mobile containers as shelters.

This winter has been recognised as India's most severe in 18 years, particularly affecting an estimated 100,000 homeless people across the country. 
The New Delhi government announced on Friday that 100 new night shelters will open across the city.