The colony is the first slum to be developed by DDA via in situ redevelopment with the help of a private developer, who will get a substantial part of land for commercial use according to the agreement.
Most people who have been rehabilitated in Narela said while the new homes given by the DDA are neat, spacious, and has bathroom facility, their income has shrunk massively due to lack of opportunities and increased expenses.
While Madina Masjid at Kathputli colony was razed within 15 minutes, a building on its side stood tall, prompting residents to ask why the mosque could not be demolished last — once all of them had been moved out.
"We’ve been neighbours for decades, and today when we are on the road, these people are helping us out. We belong to different strata of the society but even then, they’ve been so generous," a Kathputli Colony resident said
With the children fed and asleep, a group of women sneaked away to an open ground to relieve themselves. “During the day, we can’t...there are people everywhere. What happened to PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan now?” said Preeti, 26.