Asserting that the land near Vasant Kunj, where about 2,500 asylum-seekers from Myanmar are staying, belongs to DDA, chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said that a way would soon be found to relocate them.
“Earlier it was thought that the land belonged to Waqf Board, but it is not so. The land belongs to Delhi Development Authority (DDA),” Dikshit said.
Asylum-seekers from northern Rakhine state in Myanmar have pitched tents in front of the 13th century Sultan Garhi, an Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monument, since last Sunday.
They have been in Delhi for almost a month and had first camped behind the office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Vasant Vihar.
Soon, however, Vasant Vihar residents objected to their presence, and the Myanmar population shifted to an open area at the Sultan Garhi monument near Vasant Kunj. But their presence is being opposed here too.
Dikshit said she had spoken to officials from the DDA and the Delhi Police. “I have asked the officials to discuss and find a solution before May 16, when the RWAs and the villagers are organising a Mahapanchayat,” she said, after meeting a delegation of RWAs from Vasant Kunj and panchayat chiefs from surrounding villages on Saturday morning.
The delegation demanded the asylum-seekers’ removal. “We also emphasised that the land not only belongs to the DDA, but is also earmarked for the Sultan Garhi Archaeological Park in the Delhi Master Plan 2021,” said Col (retd) Devendra Sehrawat.