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Children of displaced families join agitation

The jhuggi dwellers whose houses in Guzral Nagar were razed by the municipal corporation in March have been staging a protest for the past one week outside the MC office, demanding their rehabilitation. The MC had demolished their jhuggis.

punjab Updated: May 07, 2012 14:38 IST
HT Correspondent

The jhuggi dwellers whose houses in Guzral Nagar were razed by the municipal corporation in March have been staging a protest for the past one week outside the MC office, demanding their rehabilitation. The MC had demolished their jhuggis, terming them as encroachments on its land.

As a mark of protest, the children of the affected families staged a demonstration outside the residence of deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti on Sunday, seeking rehabilitation of their families.

The displaced families have been claiming that the MC's step to demolish their houses was an arbitrary one taken under pressure from locals. They say they had been provided electricity and water connections and were also enrolled as voters.

"We had been living there for the past several years. This area was a jungle when we started living here. The MC's decision is unjustified," said Gulabo (50).

Showing the ration card and voters cards of her family, 33-year-old Shobha said, "Our children are the worst affected. These are examination days and they are forced to live in the open. At a time when they should concentrate on their studies they are forced to stage protests in support of their families."

Municipal commissioner BS Dhaliwal said the houses were demolished on high court orders as the land occupied by them belonged to the MC. Asked how these illegal houses had been provided electricity and water connections, Dhaliwal said only the departments concerned could answer this query.

People of the locality, under the banner of the Guzral Nagar Welfare Association, had approached the Punjab and Haryana high court for demolition of the slums in the area. An order to raze these houses had been passed about two years ago. The association had filed a contempt of court petition in the high court, citing the MC's failure to execute the orders.

After the structures were demolished, some jhuggi dwellers again started building new houses, which the MC authorities razed about a week ago.