In November last year, the Indian Railways decided to auction rail coaches of six meter-gauge trains that had been removed from operation by the Lucknow division of North Eastern Railway (NER) due to gauge transformation of the Aishbagh-Mailani section.
While some of these coaches got converted into fancy restaurants, some were bought and turned into personal libraries.
Hyderabad state government has decided to use old train carriages, which have been put out of service, as shelters for the poor and homeless.
The Telangana Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (TAMPA) 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, six of them in Greater Hyderabad, are proposed to be set up during 2017-18, to submit their requirement, as reported by Indian Express.
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.
Six out of 21 new shelters will be built in Greater Hyderabad and one each in Adilabad, Kamareddy, Karimnagar, Mancheriyal, Medchal, Bhainsa, Nirmal, Armour, Nizamabad, Vemulawada, Shadnagar, Huzurnagar, Kodad, Yellandu, and Bhongir.
With winter around the corner, this will help much homeless stay warm and protected.
Indeed a great initiative to recycle & reuse resources!