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Blind students evicted: DDA to shift occupants of demolished hostel to community hall

As many as 20 occupants of the hostel, Louis Welfare Progressive Association of the Blind, for visually impaired students in Dashera park in Janakpuri’s Virender Nagar have been sleeping in the open since the DDA demolished their hostel on December 15.

delhi Updated: Dec 22, 2017 19:39 IST
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The remains of the hostel.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) said on Friday said the visually impaired students, whose hostel was demolished by the land owning agency, would be temporary accommodated in a nearby community hall in Janakpuri on ‘humanitarian’ grounds.

The agency said it was in touch with the Delhi government’s social welfare department to shift the affected to a hostel for the blind at a later stage.

“On humanitarian grounds, the occupants are being temporarily accommodated in a nearby community facility in Janakpuri behind Tihar Jail, which has adequate number of rooms to accommodate them,” said a DDA official.

As many as 20 occupants of the hostel, Louis Welfare Progressive Association of the Blind, for visually impaired students in Dashera park in Janakpuri’s Virender Nagar have been sleeping in the open since the DDA demolished their hostel on December 15.

“Later they will be shifted from the transit accommodation to a hostel for the blind of the Delhi social welfare department for which we are in touch with the authorities,” he said. The hostel has been operating since 2010.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 19:38 IST