On a day when the Delhi chief minister inaugurated a 220-KV sub-station at Masjid Moth, residents of the area and adjoining localities observed a ‘black flag protest’ claiming that the authorities have not constructed a playfield as promised by them.
The land, sprawling over an area of 6.5 acre, on which the sub-station has been constructed was being used as a playground by the residents. However, the DDA had allotted the playground land to Transco Limited for the construction of a 220-KV sub-station project, to solve the power problems of many south Delhi areas.
Hundreds of residents, including children, carrying black flags, gathered at the sub-station site on Tuesday and demanded that CM Sheila Dikshit fulfil the promises made to them few years back.
The residents claimed that the project was taken up in the name of Commonwealth Games but it has been completed now. “We were promised a walking and jogging track along the grid’s periphery. But that has not been handed over to the residents. We were also told that a playfield will be created on the adjoining land but even that has not been done.
We will continue to protest till our demands are not met,” said Ranju Minhas, who organised the demonstration and was at the forefront of the entire movement for saving playfields for children.
Minhas added that the assurances were made by the authorities in lieu of the loss of six-and-a-half acres of playfield on which this grid has been constructed.
Residents are also wary of the fact that radiation emitting from the grid will have an adverse effect on the health of the people. “We have written a letter to the chief minister seeking assurance on insulation from radiation. We are waiting for her reply,” she added.