Dwarka Residents, Political Leaders Protest against Proposed Haj House in Delhi

Reported by

Aditi Patil

Legal Data by

Anmol Gupta, Mukta Joshi

Edited by

Moushumi Sharma

Updated by

Published on

January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022

Updated on

January 12, 2022

Location of Conflict

Dwarka

South West Delhi

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Communal/Ethnic Conflict

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People Affected by Conflict

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

5

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Starting Year

2008

State

Delhi

Sector

Land Use

The proposed construction of a Haj House in Dwarka’s Sector 22 is being opposed by a large number of residents on the ground that it will disturb “brotherhood, harmony and peace”. Protesters comprising village chiefs and members of the All Dwarka Residents Federation (ADRF) gathered at the burial chowk on August 6, 2021, to express their disapproval over the proposed building. Leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party joined the protests, saying that the Haj House was being built against the wishes of 360 khap panchayats. The protesters, instead, demanded the government to build schools and hospitals on the land allotted for the Haj House.

ADRF wrote a letter to Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, who is also the chairperson of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), asking him to cancel the land allotment for the Haj House citing law-and-order concerns. “There will be every possibility of riots, migration of Hindus and repetition of a situation like Shaheen Bagh, Jaffrabad and Kashmir,” the letter read.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police registered an FIR against several protesters for violating the Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s COVID guidelines.

Land for the Haj House was allotted by the DDA in 2008, but construction could not start because of similar protests. In 2018, the Delhi government prepared a blueprint for the proposed building. Unlike other states, Delhi does not have its own Haj House and pilgrims are required to stay in transit camps. Once the Haj House is built, pilgrims departing for Mecca via Delhi can halt in the city and stay in the building.

As of September 2021, construction of the Haj House was yet to begin.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

No items found.

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Opposition to the construction of a Haj House

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

93

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

2018

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Legislations/Policies Involved

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

No

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

No items found.

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

No

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Delhi Development Authority, Public Works Department (Government of NCT)

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

All Dwarka Residents Federation, Delhi State Haj Committee, Delhi Waqf Board

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