Demolition leaves farmers homeless
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.