Under the shadow of a doable demolition and to say their compensation within the eventuality, one in all most weak communities within the metropolis is engaged in an effort to show the place they reside and for a way lengthy.
Bela Estate on the Yamuna floodplains — the place a number of farmers reside in bastis and domesticate the floodplains — falls beneath the primary section of the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA’s) Yamuna Riverfront Development challenge, stretching from Lohe-ka-Pul to the ITO barrage.
The challenge goals to beautify the riverfront and promote riverside tourism with a inexperienced buffer zone, leisure parks, walkways and cycle tracks.
For this function, a demolition drive had been initiated in May 2018 and had continued for 3 days till a keep was obtained within the Delhi High Court towards it.
As this case continues in court docket, volunteers of Bandhua Mukti Morcha are conducting a survey to compile proof of addresses from residents to complement the case and apply for rehabilitation.
Since December 23, a little bit desk has been arrange by the open fields at Bela Estate, the place younger volunteers and pradhans of bastis have been helping residents to fill out kinds — with particulars such because the 12 months through which their oldest doc of tackle proof had been issued, whether or not their jhuggi was ever demolished, whether or not they have been discovered eligible for rehabilitation within the final authorities survey, amongst different issues.
These kinds are being connected with photocopies of their tackle proof paperwork. A photographer has additionally been employed to go to the properties of all of those that have submitted their kinds and take pictures of the residents exterior their properties.
“We received 98 forms from Kanchanpuri, 80 from Bela Estate, 120 from Moolchand Colony part 1, and more than 250 so far from Moolchand Colony part 2. The aim of the survey is to collect all information and documentation which will be required for them to oppose demolition and claim rehabilitation. The photographs are being taken so that even in case there is a demolition, they will be available to show that their homes stood here,” mentioned Rinku Arya, a volunteer.
Among these lined as much as submit their kinds was Hari Lal, whose residence had been demolished in 2004, previous to the development of the Commonwealth Games Village.
“At that time, a survey had been carried out to rehabilitate people elsewhere, and since I have been living here for 35 years, I was found eligible and paid Rs 6,000 for rehabilitation. But it never got verified and I did not get allotted the rehabilitation land in Bawana. I have been living here on rent after the demolition,” he mentioned.