The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Friday said it has followed all legal procedures in carrying out demolition work at Kathputli Colony, and assured that residents would be rehabilitated in the same location in two years. The agency also alleged that some people are spreading rumours because of their own vested interests — to harm the long-term development of residents of the colony.
On October 31, the land owning agency demolished around 700 houses to carry out ‘in-situ’ development of the area. The drive was halted for 10 days on Tuesday, following orders issued by the Delhi High Court. The DDA, however, said the order allows them to demolish those houses that people are ready to vacate.
“Rumours like the death of a child or injury to social activist Annie Raja are being spread to malign DDA’s efforts of rehabilitating residents…,” said DDA principal commissioner, J P Agarwal.
He added, “We have allotted 2,800 houses in Anand Parbat and 492 in Narela for residents. Once all residents are moved out of the colony, redevelopment work will begin.”
“The DDA is committed to ensuring every dweller of the colony, who is eligible as per the rehabilitation policy or is declared eligible by the Appellate Authority, be allotted transit accommodation initially at Anand Parbat. Subsequently, they will be provided permanent accommodation of EWS flats at Kathputli Colony with ownership rights, preferably within two years, or permanent accommodation with ownership rights in EWS flats at G-7 and G-8, Narela,” the principal commissioner said.