Kathputli Colony Residents To Get Possession By December 2019
Residents of the Kathputli Colony may be shifted to new homes in December as constrution work at three residential towers meant to accomodate at least 500 families is now complete. These residents have been staying at a transit camp at Anand Parbat since April 2018.
The project, the foundation stone of which was laid by Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in April 2018, was expected to be delivered by February 2019. However, the deadline of the project was pushed to 2020 due to land disputes.
The making of Kathputli Colony
Once the project is completed, the residents of the colony 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.
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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 had ordered to 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.com News