Residents of Kathputli Colony on Thursday organised an event called Republic of Resistance to protest against the in-situ redevelopment of the slum by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
The residents of the colony hosted a series of dance, folk songs, poetry and speeches under the Shadipur flyover in west Delhi on Thursday evening to protest against the government’s move of trying to shift them out.
On Thursday, despite heavy rains, artistes such as magicians, folk singers and puppeteers came together along with their families to express their resistance to the demolition drive through their arts.
Over 100 local residents participated in the one-hour event during which singers crooned folk songs, magicians entertained the crowd through their tricks and children read out poems.
“The authorities should wait for the consent of the whole community before bulldozing the colony. There should be a transparent re-survey to include all the families,” said Sunita (37), a resident of Kathputli Colony.
DDA officials, on the other hand, said every family living in colony will get a house under the in-situ rehabilitation plan.
Kathputli Colony is famous for being home to the country’s largest agglomeration of street performers. It is scheduled to be bulldozed extinction by the DDA as part of its Delhi Master Plan 2021. The colony, spreading across 5.2 hectares, will be razed to construct multi-storey buildings by a private builder.
According to an initial survey, a total of 2,800 families had to be shifted out of which over 1,150 families have already shifted to a transit camp in Anand Parbat.