Displaced Kathaputli Residents To Get New Homes By Early Next Year: Puri
With Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri laying the foundation stone for an in-situ development project at the Kathputli Colony on April 24, the displaced residents might have roofs over their head by February next year.
While stating that the Kathpulti Colony residents held an important position in India's culture and history, the minister said that the residents would be provided clean, well-planned and habitable units, along with adequate social infrastructure. The redeveloped colony would also have a heritage/exhibition museum, a kaushal kala vikas Kendra and a multipurpose hall.
It is the first slum in the national capital to be taken up by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for an in-situ redevelopment with the help of a private developer. Under the agreement, the developer will be building 2,800 houses for the economically weaker sections (EWS), spread in an area of 30.5 square metre.
Spread over an area of around 14 acre, the Kathputli Colony was home to a large number of puppeteers, magicians, singers and musicians and is currently being redeveloped. The DDA began a demolition drive in the colony late last year, triggering clashes. Giving its order on a public interest litigation filed by some residents of the colony and a non-governmental organisation, challenging the demolition and the manner in which it was carried out, the Delhi High Court in December said it would ensure that the rights of people displaced from the Kathputli Colony in the national capital were not violated. The petitioners alleged that the residents were beaten up by the police during the demolition drive and not allowed to take their belongings before their houses were razed.
With inputs from Housing News