For the original allottees in 45 resettlement colonies in the capital,Tuesday came with a guarantee a surety that they will never have to leave the homes they have been residing in for the last two to three generations.
The first among eight to receive the ownership certificate was 80-year-old Ramvati. She was given the rights to her 25 square yard house in Trilokpuri.
Accompanied by her grandson,she extended her frail hands to touch Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on the head.
I have given him my blessings… just as I would bless the sons and daughters in my family. Now,my family will be able to live in the house without any fear of being evicted, the octogenarian said.
Shankarlal (63),a vendor,was another one of the beneficiaries. He received the certificate for his 25 square yard house in Magolpuri.
Though I am glad that I will be able to own the house legally after paying 5 per cent of the allotment,nothing much has changed for me. I will continue to live there as I have been doing for the past so many years, he said.
Bharat Singh (64) said the certificate has driven away the fear that he would one day be evicted from his own house. My house is of 20.9 square yards. We have been waiting for this for so many years now. I am glad the ownership has been given in my lifetime, he said.
Bhram Swaroop,who works as security guard, too received the certificate from Rahul Gandhi. He used to live in JJ clusters before he was given a house in Trilokpuri.
The 45 resettlement colonies where ownership rights have been distributed include Khayala,Nand Nagri,Naraina,Chowkhandi,Jasola,Jwalapuri,Pandav Nagar,Shakurpur,Khan Pur,Khichripur,Kalyanpuri,Tigri,Sultanpuri,Gokulpuri and Dakshinpuri,among others.