40 Families Left Homeless after CPWD Demolishes Houses in Delhi's Kutta Basti

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Siddhant KalraLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

July 7, 2021

Location of Conflict

Kutta Basti, Mata Sundari Lane

New Delhi

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Urban Development (Other than Smart Cities)



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Houses in Kutta Basti, a slum in Mata Sundari Lane, was demolished in the early hours on November 29, 2017. The demolition drive was conducted by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD). While the slum dwellers alleged that they were not given prior notice of the demolition, the CPWD claimed that the _basti _residents were given multiple notices. One resident claimed that the notices were meant only for a small portion of the plot. The slum dwellers claim to have been living in the _basti _for at least 30 years. Dharampal, one of the residents, has maintained a file of all the records of the displaced persons, which includes bills and Aadhar Cards with the address of the basti. At present, the plot where Kutta Basti once stood is full of debris from the demolition, while the DMC is building a wall around it. A group of private contractors claim that a small portion of the land has been allotted to the Art of Living Foundation.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for rehabilitation, Complaint against procedural violations

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Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

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Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-rehabilitation of displaced people, Forced evictions/ Dispossession of Land

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Out of Court

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Central Public Works Department, Delhi Waqf Board, Delhi Police, Municipal Corporation of Delhi

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Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Art of Living

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Siddhant Kalra

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Siddhant Kalra

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Siddhant Kalra

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Siddhant KalraLand Conflict Watch

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