In the scorching heat, sitting on the rubble holding her one-year-old son, Swarno had no idea where to go with her children, after the UT estate office razed the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Colony, Sector 56, on Friday. The estate office removed 2,000 structures and shanties from 20 acres.
“I have no place to go now. My four children and I have both ration card and Aadhaar card, but still our family did not feature in the administration’s survey. Even though I have been staying here for 20 years, I have not been allotted a flat at the new colonies,” she said.
Administration sources said 900 families living in the colony had been allotted houses at colonies coming up at Sector 38 (West), Mauli Jagran and Dhanas. Narrating a similar tale, 60-year-old Sita Devi said she has been rendered homeless. She said, “I have been staying here with my son for 30 years and yet a flat has not been allotted to me. I don’t know the procedure that the administration followed.”
Swarno and Sita Devi were not the only ones claiming that even after staying in the colony for last so many years they were still not allocated space. Another 65-year-old woman Sarfi Devi showed her voter identity card, Aadhaar and ration cards and rued she still was not in the list of allottees.
Rentals touch Rs 5,000
To add to the woes of those rendered homeless, rent of the houses located nearby has doubled to Rs 5,000 per room from Rs 2,500. UT estate office enforcement staff arrived at the colony on Friday at 7am, armed with JCBs. UT DC Ajit Balaji Joshi, SDM (South) Kriti Garg and Tehsildar (enforcement), estate office, Amarinder Singh Manais monitored the drive.
A picture of complete devastation could be witnessed at the colony by afternoon as the shanties and other structures were razed by the enforcement staff.
Prior to the coming up of LBS in 2003, there was Peer Colony at the same place which had come up in 1990s. After the Peer Colony was removed, the new colony sprung up.