Kutta Basti on Mata Sundari Lane was demolished in the early hours on November 29, 2017. The displaced persons, along with others in the vicinity alleged that the CPWD had conducted the demolition. The issue came to light after the complaints of the displaced persons that no measures for relief and rehabilitation were taken by the concerned authorities. Moreover, they also alleged that they were not given prior notice of the demolition. While the CPWD claimed that the basti residents were given multiple notices, one of the residents claimed that the notices were meant only for a small portion of the plot. Many displaced persons are still living on the sides of Mata Sundari Lane in makeshift tents and encampments. According to them, some former residents are now living in rented accommodation in the neighbourhood, while most of them are unable to afford new accommodation and are thus living on the street. The most common grievance amongst the residents of kutta basti was that they had been living there for at least 35 years and had also paid electricity bills, water bills and even rent to the Waqf board. Dharampal, one of the residents, has maintained a file of all the records of the displaced persons which included bills and Aadhar Cards all made out to the address of the basti. If they had registered their addresses with the government for so decades, why demolish the basti now? At present, the plot of land on Mata Sundari Lane is full of debris from the demolition, while the DMC is building a wall around it. In addition, a small portion of the land has been allotted to the Art of Living Foundation of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, as claimed by a bunch of private contractors working on it.
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Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Delhi Waqf Board, Delhi Police, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)
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Art of Living
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Land Acquisition Laws
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Non-rehabilitation of displaced people
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