Chennai Corporation has rescued around 120 homeless persons in Mylapore and accommodated them at its shelter on Market Street, Mandaveli.
People who were stranded due to cancelled bus and train services from across the city have also been provided shelter here.
The civic body has sheltered some of them at the Corporation’s community hall at C.P. Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet.
Now, the inmates are playing games like carrom, and chess to engage themselves. Says Vishanth, the Coordinator at the men’s night shelter in Mandaveli, “We also provide the day’s Tamizh newspaper for them to read. Those interested also watch films on TV.”
Food, he says is provided to them thrice a day.
The Corporation plans to house them at this shelter till March 31 st.
He says, “From Saturday, our workers have been rescuing homeless persons from areas like Thirumayilai MRTS railway station, Mandaveli MRTS station, and from Sri Kapaleeswarar temple zone and Sri Sai Baba temple zone. They were brought here after checking their temperature.”
Vishanth says that proper precautionary measures are taken to avoid the Coronavirus spread. “The inmates are provided with hand sanitizers and masks. They are asked to maintain distance between themselves. We also disinfect the shelter every hour.”