Google Maps now shows Delhi Government’s Food Distribution Centres and Night Shelters

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 15 Apr 2020
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The Delhi government has more than 1000 Food Distribution Centres and Night Shelters for those affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

You can search for these shelters on Google Maps.

Google initially showed food and night shelters across 30 cities and that has now expanded to 32 cities.

Google Maps now shows Delhi Government’s Food Distribution Centres and Night Shelters

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Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal took to twitter to announce that people can search for Delhi Government’s Food Distribution Centres and Night Shelters using Google maps. The tweet reads, “As we prepare for an extended lockdown, we are proud to work together with @GoogleIndia Maps in ensuring easy accessibility of all our food and night shelters. We are committed to do everything possible to make life easy for those most affected by the lockdown.”

To find a food shelter, one simply needs to open Google Maps and search for food shelter in Delhi or night shelter in Delhi and the results will pop up letting users navigate to the shelter. 

Google has been working closely with state and central government authorities to pin the locations of COVID-19 relief centers to highlight public food and night shelters on Google Maps since the beginning of April. When the service launched via Google Maps, shelters across 30 cities could be located. That number has now risen to 32. People can simply search for ‘Food shelters in <city name>’ or ‘Night shelters in <city name>’ to find the results.

Google has said on Twitter that it is “Expanding beyond 30 cities: Food & night shelters can now be found in Delhi, Aligarh, and Bhagalpur”.

With the increasing number of poor people affected by the lockdown, it is essential that essential services be provided to them. This is one way of them to identify the center closest to them for food and shelter.  

For those working from home, telecom and broadband providers are doing everything they can to help make work from home a smooth process. Airtel is looking to offer users 1Gbps speeds wherever possible despite the lockdown. You can read more about it here. MTNL and BSNL are also doing their part to ensure users have access to broadband at home for a seamless work from home experience. Even Reliance Jio has some offers for those working from home.

For those that can not recharge their smartphones via stores, can go to the nearest ATM to recharge their devices. Airtel, Vodafone and Jio customers can recharge their phones from ATMs. 

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