Rawalpindi-Over 6,000 homeless people have been provided free accommodation facility in Fawara Chowk Shelter Home, inaugurated on December 12.

According to focal person, Shelter Home/Sub-Registrar and Cantt Magistrate Hafiz Imran, the Punjab government on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan established a shelter home here to provide proper accommodation facility to the homeless and poor citizens. 

He said that initially, arrangements were made for 80 persons in the basement of Raja Bazaar Parking Plaza; however, the facility had been enhanced for 125 persons.

The basement was being used as a shelter home temporarily while a proper shelter home’s building would be constructed after pointing out a suitable place for the purpose, he added.

To a question, he said that the basement of the parking plaza was finalised as the government wanted to start the shelter home immediately to provide shelter to people in the harsh winter.

“The project is aimed at restoring the self-respect of those who spend the night under the open sky,” he said, adding that it was also aimed at broadening the circle of the state’s social responsibility.

To another question, he said that expenditures of the shelter home were being borne through donations by philanthropists.