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विडिओ: शकूरबस्‍ती - टाइम्स नाउ

विडिओ: शकूरबस्‍ती टाइम्स नाउ

NEW DELHI: A 25-year-old lies writhing in pain in the cold with nothing other than a thin blanket to shield her partly healed burn injuries. She has no roof over her head because the Delhi Development Authority had pulled down her house in the first week of December. The demolition drive, aimed at freeing the Belagaon area in Old Delhi of farmers who cultivate the land on the Yamuna's banks, has left hundreds, including pregnant women, elderly, sick and school children, homeless. On Saturday, they were fretting about having to vacate the place by Monday as ordered.

Within sight of the Delhi Secretariat -- the office of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues -- anxiety-ridden victims hold out Aadhaar and voter identity cards and other documents indicating old correspondence on land and land holdings there. The papers betray how these people have become victims of politics and policy. Rani Devi, an 85-year-old who has lived on the river banks since she was 15, proffers papers to show that she had been promised an alternative plot in 2006 for which she had even paid Rs 5,000 to the authorities. Nine years later, she has nothing to show for her efforts.

Others queue up to show similar documents and tell of repeated demolition attempts. Shahnaz, 30, limps painfully to the spot to share her terror of having to cope with the cold in the eighth month of her pregnancy. Children are the worst affected. A shivering Neha Chauhan, 12, worries about how she and hundreds of others will go to school now.

In 2013, TOI had reported about the demolitions carried out by the Railways at Mansarovar Park. A similar story had unfolded in the winter of 2014-15 at Rangpuri Pahari near Vasant Kunj, where the state forest department brought down hundreds of jhuggis to free forest land. Yet perhaps signalling the incomplete manner in which encroachments are managed, these actions have not deterred illegal occupation of government land.

At the Belagaon and Bela Estate, the chaotic manner of serving court directives is quite evident. From the Indira Gandhi Indoor Station up to the Old Iron Bridge, you can see the semi-permanent jhuggis all smashed down and surrounded by the plastic, bricks and clay with which they were made. Shocked residents sit in the open or under flimsy plastic sheets and pieces of cloths. They dully point to fields where fully grown crops lie flattened by bulldozers. Deep pits are being dug around the huts to prevent residents from carrying out fresh construction.

While DDA officials told TOI that the action against "chapras" (temporary huts) and riverbank farmlands was in compliance with the orders of the National Green Tribunal, the area MLA, Praveen Deshmukh of the Aam Aadmi Party, claimed both Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and the civic agency had assured of no relief to the affected people. But Deshmukh could not explain why the Delhi Government had not taken steps to provide relief or drawn up rehabilitation plans before such demolitions. All he could say was that shelters would be set up along the Ring Road bypass to give the dislocated people some respite from the cold. The area MP Maheish Giri of the BJP and municipal councillor Simi Jain have also been apprised of the situation, say residents.

Rahul Chaudhary, counsel for petitioner Manoj Mishra who had moved the NGT to seek clearance of the threatened river bed, said that the tribunal had not ordered demolition or removal of people without a rehabilitation package in place. But the wretched mass gathered there clearly proves that the NGT's orders are being followed only in letter, not in spirit.

सोर्स : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Hundreds-left-out-in-cold-after-DDA-pulls-down-their-homes/articleshow/50155799.cms