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Demolition’s domino effect: rentals shot up in nearby villages

Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, November 23, 2013
First Published: 09:53 IST(23/11/2013) | Last Updated: 10:02 IST(23/11/2013)

Within hours of demolishing the Colony Number 5 here, the rentals in nearby villages have seen a remarkable jump. The number of homeless is huge, while the accommodations to be let out are limited.

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A large number of homeless were forced to look for immediate shelter in Burail, Palsora, Jagatpura, Faida and Maloya. According to official figures, Colony Number 5 was the UT’s biggest slum with 7,035 houses.

At Burail, monthly rental for a one-room accommodation before November 20 was around Rs. 2,000 and it has now shot up to Rs. 5,000. The rent had gone up due to limited space and people were ready to shell out more than double the rent for the one-room premises, Sharafat Ali, house owner in Burail, said.

Left with little option, Mohammad Salman, a native of Uttar Pradesh, had to shell out Rs. 5,000 for a one-room set in Burail. The situation was no different in Palsora, Maloya, Jagatpura and Fida.

Labourer Ayodhya Prasad, 55, who has a family of 12, spent two nights in the open, as he did not have the money for rent. And there seems to be no end to his ordeal, considering his meagre resources.

Pardeep, another homeless, said majority of people had no choice but to return to their native places.

Quick buck for scrap dealers
Scrap dealers thronged the colony to purchase iron, plastic and other waste items. Ram Mehar, now a former resident of the flattened colony, said scrap dealers purchased iron for Rs. 17 per kg but the market rate was more than Rs. 20. Same was the case with other items.

Traffic snarls
The demolition drive led to traffic logjams on roads leading from Sectors 43, 44, 45, 46, 49, 50 and 51. Traffic snarls made life difficult for commuters and a large number of vehicles got stuck in the heavy traffic especially during office hours in morning. The vehicular movement was affected by 30 to 45 minutes.

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