Four days after Delhi government launched a mobile-based application to rescue homeless people during winter, it claimed to have rescued 13 homeless children.
Announcing this, the Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, tweeted,”13 homeless rescued n brought to nite shelters on the basis of photos sent by people thro App. Together lets ensure no one dies of winter.(sic)”
13 homeless rescued n brought to nite shelters on the basis of photos sent by people thro App. Together lets ensure no one dies of winter
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 8, 2015
While announcing the launch of this mobile app, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), had said that users could download the app and can initiate a rescue operation over the phone by taking a picture and posting it on the app.
The DUSIB server automatically detects the location of the person before informing the nearest rescue team to the location.
A survey conducted in 2014 had said there were about 16,000 homeless people in Delhi with most of them predominantly concentrated in the Walled City area, central Delhi, in several railway stations and bus teminals.
DUSIB has so far created 198 night shelters with a capacity to accommodate 16,338 homeless people.