De­mo­li­tion leaves farm­ers home­less

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to The Sun­day Guardian said that the gov­ern­ment’s land had been “taken over (even) by high class fam­i­lies” in the area, but that had “re­mained” with them for decades.“As long as noth­ing se­ri­ous is go­ing on, no one com­plains about the sit­u­a­tion. But as the land is prone to floods and farm­ing is pro­hib­ited there, de­mo­li­tion be­comes nec­es­sary. Also the farm­ers who have been stay­ing there refuse to leave the place and keep on farm­ing, even af­ter the NGT or­der and DDA’s de­mo­li­tion,” said the lawyer.

On ask­ing why the sheds of farm­ers were be­ing de­stroyed, a DDA of­fi­cial, who didn’t want to be named, said: “We are just fol­low­ing the NGT’s or­der.” On 1 May, houses and veg­e­ta­tion of farm­ers liv­ing near the Ya­muna bank area were de­mol­ished by the Delhi Devel­op­ment Author­ity at the be­hest of the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal’s 2016 or­der. NGT had pro­hib­ited cul­ti­va­tion of crops and veg­eta­bles near the river bank in that or­der. The de­mo­li­tion drive comes ahead of the mon­soon sea­son, which is just two months away. Peo­ple liv­ing in the area face the threat of floods ev­ery year. Crops near the flood­plains were also de­stroyed.

A girl stands out­side a de­mol­ished shanty near Ya­muna bank.

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