A blog to protest against demolition of slum

Here is a blog set up by the residents of a ghetto to campaign against the “outsourcing” of the basti (slum) to the Aga Khan Trust for beautification

“The residents of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti have set up a blog after learning that the Delhi Municipal Corporation has handed over the basti to the Agha Khan Trust to beautify the place.

Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin is not an unauthorised/resettlement/slum area as is being looked at. Most of the residents are living here for centuries. They inherit culture and traditional life. This is one of the oldest population outside the Walled City. With a history of more than 800 years. This basti is one of 132 villages that come under Lal Dora. The community of this area has a right to lead a life according to their customs and traditions. Indian Constitution guarantees everybody right to live and earn their livelihood.

This area has great religious significance amongst Muslims. The Tablighi Markaz and Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin are of great importance to muslims. People prefer to live here by choice. The people of this area are peace-loving but recently they are panicked on learning that the entire area has been handed over to Agha Khan Trust for development and beautification. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has started demolition against encroachers. Other Govt. agencies like Archeological Survey of India (ASI) have stepped up surveys and visits pointing irregularities in Building Laws all over.”

Hat tip: Shivam

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