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Delhi: displaced residents moved to Narela

Nishtha , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 03, 2013
First Published: 09:58 IST(3/10/2013) | Last Updated: 12:26 IST(3/10/2013)

A day after HT reported how 135 destitute people were out on the streets after the land lease of the NGO that sheltered them expired, the displaced have been shifted to Sewa Sadan in Narela.

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This temporary arrangment has been provided to the NGO, Earth Saviours Foundation, for five days.

“Kiran Walia visited us in the afternoon and has promised us land for our NGO in south Delhi after five days,” said Ravi Kalra, president and founder of the Foundation.

The NGO shelters mentally and physically disabled people, sexual assault survivors, HIV patients, bed-ridden patients and senior citizens.

All of them had to spend Tuesday night on the road.

The local residents came forward to offer help.

According to the NGO’s workers, Sewa Sadan was locked for five years before it was reopened on Wednesday.

Government workers were cleaning and making arrangements for electricity, food and water.

The main concern of Ravi Kalra is that there is no good hospital in the vicinity since most of the people are under treatment.

“We have a medical tie-up with Ganga Ram Hospital. If someone needs immediate medical help where will we take them? Travelling from here is such an impossible task. There are so many people on their death bed or need urgent surgery,” he said.

Rakesh Juneja, an active helper of the NGO, felt that the government helped them because the issue was raised in the media.

“I think they have rehabilitated us due to pressure and they have sent us to such a remote location without considering their physical and emotional health,” said Juneja.

SUDDEN DEATH

Sher Singh, one of these 135 people, died on Wednesday evening merely 30 minutes after moving into Sewa Sadan. “He had speech impairment and we rescued him from the roads. It was a natural death,” said Kalra.

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