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- Neetu, Who Lives Here, Says, 'Modi Ji Promised That Where Our Slum Is, There Will Be A House, Then Why Are Our Slums Breaking?
new Delhi2 hours agoAuthor: Rahul Kotial
- Says slum-dwellers, all these leaders-officers and judges sit on chairs made by us, but they ruin our house by their decisions
- Milan says, “If a part of Kangana's house is broken in Mumbai, there is a buzz in the whole country, there is no point in destroying the homes of millions of people like us.”
It is one o'clock in the afternoon. Winner Rajbhar, who lives in a slum near Luna Bhatti in Kirti Nagar, has just returned from Noida. Today was the entrance test for PhD at Delhi University. The winner went to Noida to join this exam.
More than 25 thousand families live in slums situated around Kirti Nagar. But, in this population of millions, the winner is probably the only girl who has reached such a dream of doing PhD. The slum in which they live does not exceed the handful of people who are graduates. Those who do post graduation can be counted on fingers.
If the winner passes this entrance exam, she will be the first girl to make this record out of the slum of Kirti Nagar. The winner has also worked hard for this exam. But, just a week before the exam, when she wanted to focus all her attention in preparing for the exam, she got the news that the Supreme Court has ordered the demolition of 48 thousand slums in Delhi including her slum. Can.
More than 25 thousand families live in these slums located around Kirti Nagar. The Supreme Court has ordered the demolition of 48 thousand slums in Delhi, which has scared the living here.
Winner says, “Since childhood, we have never had a separate room to study, so we got used to studying in a lot of noise. There is a railway track behind it from where many trains go through in a day. Their noise also never bothered.
But since the news of slums being broken, a different kind of noise has been raised in the brain. Many questions are arising in the mind. Where will we go if there are no slums. There is no study in this mood. '
Millions of people living in slums of Delhi are passing through these days in the same mood as the winner. According to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (Dusib), there are about 700 hundred slums registered in Delhi, with more than 4 lakh slums. The number of people living in them is said to be more than 20 lakhs.
If non-registered slums are also included in this figure, then this number increases even more. Thousands of these slums are located on the side of the railway line, millions of people living in it are now surrounded by doubts about their future.
This order to break the slums has been recently given by the Supreme Court while hearing the case of MC Mehta vs Union of India. In this order, the court has said that all encroachments in the safety zone of 140 km long railway line in Delhi should be demolished within three months.
While ordering the demolition of 48 thousand slums falling in this safety zone, a bench of Justice Arun Mishra said that no political intervention should be done on this order. Also, the court has said that if any court issues an interim order on this order, then such order will not be valid.
During the year 2003-04, the Railways provided Rs 11.25 crore for rehabilitation of Dusib. But out of 4410 slums, only 257 were rehabilitated.
This order has not only surprised millions of slum dwellers but also Delhi government officials. A Dusib official says, “The matter is of the Supreme Court, so we are not in a position to say anything openly.” But this decision is not practical at all.
How can the homes of millions of people be destroyed like these overnight? What will happen to the rehabilitation of these people, where will they be settled, where will the land come from, where will they be rehabilitated and who will release resources and money for rehabilitation, all these things cannot be decided in such a short time. '
If we look at the history of rehabilitation of slums in Delhi, it is also very bad. While giving the verdict in the Saloni Singh case, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has recorded that during the year 2003-04, the Railways had given Rs 11.25 crore for rehabilitation of Dusib. But out of 4410 slums, only 257 were rehabilitated.
There was a slum called Reshma Camp in Kirti Nagar itself. Around the year 2002, the people of this settlement were settled in Rohini and this settlement was demolished. But today more slums are seen at that place than ever before.
Ajay Chaudhary, who lives in this slum, says, “We also used to live in Reshma camp before. But we did not have full papers so we were not included in the rehabilitation and the slums were broken. Many people like us became homeless and lived on the pavement for many months. Then, by giving ten thousand rupees, he again added a slum. Have lived here since then.
Kirti Nagar has the largest furniture market in Asia. These slums are the backbone of the entire market around it. These furniture are prepared in these small slums built on the side of the railway line and most of the slum people work as artisans or labor in this furniture market.
Kirti Nagar has the largest furniture market in Asia. Raj Mangal Vishwakarma, who works here, says that through his hard work, we settle the house of all officers, leaders and judges, but they ruin our house with their decisions.
Raj Mangal Vishwakarma, who has been doing furniture work here for the last 22 years, says, “The furniture we make goes all over the country. From all the government offices in Delhi to the Parliament and the courts, this furniture is made from here. All these leaders, officers, judges all sleep on our beds and sit on our chairs. We build their houses with our hard work and workmanship, but they ruin our house by their decisions. '
The number of slum dwellers in Delhi is so high that it can also be called Delhi's largest vote bank. Therefore, politics is also good on them. Prior to the elections, where the Aam Aadmi Party had promised in its manifesto to provide pucca houses to all slum dwellers, the BJP had given 'jhuggi vahan house'.
But after the elections neither the Aam Aadmi Party did anything special for those who have a government in Delhi and under which departments like Dusib come, nor did the BJP do anything special which has a government at the center and under which there are ministries like Railways, whose Most slums are inhabited on the land.
Neetu Devi, who lives in the slum of Kamla Nehru Camp, meets us with an envelope in hand. On this envelope, the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been printed on the top and it is written in big letters, 'Where the slum is there.' Taking this envelope towards us, Neetu Devi says with complete innocence, “See this. Modi ji is the Prime Minister of the country. They only promised that where our slum is, there will be a house. Then why is there talk of breaking the slum? Will our slum really be broken? '
On this question of Neetu Devi, Sunil Kumar Aledia, who is associated with the Center for Holistic Development, says, “It is not impossible for the government or the authorities to break these slums at once. We have been seeing many such instances continuously when thousands of people were made homeless in one stroke by falling slums overnight. The example of Shalimar tiger is not even old yet. But in this era of corona epidemic, when the economic condition of the people is also very bad, if the slums break up, where will these people go and what will they eat? '
Neetu Devi, who lives in the slum of Kamla Nehru Camp, says that Modi ji promised that where our slum is, there will be a house. Then why is there talk of breaking the slum?
In this case, some people are also talking about filing a review petition. Advocate Kamlesh Mishra says, “This decision of the court is not rational. In this case, the favor of those people living in slums is not heard, who are going to be affected the most. This case was related to the garbage collected around the railway line.
Government report itself states that Indian Railways itself generates the most waste. But to save his neck in this case, the Railways put the matter on the slum and the court ordered the slum to be removed without hearing thousands of them. We will soon file a review petition in this matter. '
Taking cognizance of this reconsideration petition, the Supreme Court is likely to put a stay on the order of breaking the slums or postpone it for some time. But at present, after the court's order, there is an existential crisis in front of millions of slum dwellers.
Milan Kumar, 26, who lives in the same slum, says, “Today a part of Kangana Ranaut's house in Mumbai is broken and she is discussed in the whole country. All the media is showing the same news and it is being said that this is a murder of democracy. Here millions of people like us are going to destroy the house and there is no discussion on it. Are we not part of this democracy?