Delhi is not just a city of skyscrapers.
The capital is also home to a large population of people living in the slums, makeshift settlements or under the thrall of a madrasa.
There is also a huge population of homeless people.
The slums are home to the vast majority of the homeless in Delhi.
The Delhi Urban Development Authority (DUDA) recently said that in the city, there are at least 1.5 lakh homeless people, and that it is expected that there will be around 1 lakh people homeless by 2020.
There are around 40,000 homeless people in the entire country.
Many of them are in Delhi’s slums.
There has been a lot of talk about Delhi’s homeless people and their plight.
The city’s slum dwellers have faced many problems and challenges.
In the past, the city has been plagued by rampant violence and pollution.
The recent riots that took place in Delhi during the Jantar Mantar rally and which led to the deaths of more than 70 people, was a blow to Delhi’s image.
It also prompted Delhi’s Chief Minister to launch a ‘Rural Development Week’ to address the issue of slums and the need to tackle their problems.
The Chief Minister’s efforts are in sync with the National Urban Alliance (NUA), a network of social welfare organisations.
“We are in the midst of a big transformation of Delhi.
A huge number of people are being brought out of the slum and we have to make a concerted effort to help them,” said Jitendra Sharma, co-founder and managing director of NUA.
The NUA has been working with Delhi’s Urban Development Department (UDD) to make the city a safer place for slum residents.
Sharma said that there has been an increase in the number of complaints against homeless people from around the country.
“A lot of people in other cities are also reporting problems like slum-dwellers getting beaten up, people being evicted from their houses, and the lack of sanitation,” he said.
He said that homeless people often don’t have a proper home and rely on others for shelter.
“They have nowhere to live.
We need to make them comfortable,” Sharma said.
Another challenge for homeless people is the lack the social services they are entitled to.
While Delhi has provided welfare to homeless people through various schemes like the Delhi Development Scheme (DDS), the UDD has only offered a basic housing scheme, where they can rent an apartment.
It has also taken steps to tackle the issue by offering free toilets to people who are in need of one.
“In the last few years, there have been some major initiatives to make Delhi a safer city for homeless residents.
We are also working with the UDDA and the Delhi Police to ensure that homeless children get a proper education,” Sharma explained.
“There is a huge amount of awareness in the society about the homeless and the problem of homelessness,” he added.