Close to a hundred people presented a memorandum with a list of demands outside Local MP Kirron Kher’s residence in Sector 8 and sought for her intervention.
The people included former residents of demolished Colony Number 5 who are at present staying in a transit colony in Sector 52 and activists of the Ghar Adhikar Sangharsh Morcha.
Their demands included amendments in the Chandigarh Small Flats Scheme, 2006, to provide ownership rights through allotment of flats in Sector 52. They also sought for rectification in issues pertaining to electricity, water, sanitary, safety,educational and medical facilities.
“Colony Number 5 was among the biggest colonies in the city with a population of around 50,000 people. For rehabilitation of the slum dwellers,a biometric survey was conducted in the year 2006 and selected people were to be shifted to the allotted one-room tenements in Dhanas. However, a large number were left homeless and were forced into staying at the transit colony in adverse conditions,” said Rajvinder Singh, a member of the Ghar Adhikar Sangharsh Morcha. Kirron Kher adhered to the demands of the people and assured them that necessary measures would be taken up immediately. In November 2013, the UT Estate Office had led a demolition drive and taken possession of land worth more than Rs 3,000 crore. The area is said to be developed into a commercial hub with the planning for the area having been outlined in the draft master plan.