The central government has proposed the use of old railway passenger coaches as shelters for the homeless till full-fledged new shelters are constructed in cities and towns.

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Hyderabad state government has decided to use old train carriages, that have been put out of service, as shelters for the poor and homeless.Each of these coaches will be given water supply and sewerage connections to make it habitable. These coaches will be moved to areas where shelter homes are being set-up by the government.

With winter around the corner, this initiative will certainly benefit the homeless across cities by keeping them warm and protected.


The Telangana Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (TMEMPA) has given orders to 16 urban local bodies (ULBs) to submit their requirements regarding the set up of 21 new shelters to be built in the current financial year. Which include six in Greater Hyderabad and one each in Adilabad, Kamareddy, Karimnagar, Mancheriyal, Medchal, Bhainsa, Nirmal, Armoor, Nizamabad, Vemulawada, Shadnagar, Huzurnagar, Kodad, Yellandu and Bhongir.

As of now, the railway coaches are offered on ‘as is where is’ basis and the coaches can be moved by the organizations to places where shelters are to arranged.

The government is making optimal use of what they have in hand while ensuring development.This is definitely an acute example of recycling.

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