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Most of Delhiites want ban on outsiders

Delhi's population ballooned to 1.4 crore in 2001 census, up from 94 lakh of 1991. This phenomenal growth has primarily been on account of ever larger waves of migration to the city. Delhiites want an end to this.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2003 17:21 IST

The population of Delhi ballooned to 1.4 crore in the 2001 census, up from the 94 lakh of 1991. This phenomenal growth has primarily been on account of ever larger waves of migration to the city every year. With migration, the demographic composition of Delhi has changed as well — it is no longer primarily Punjabi in the way it once was.

How do Delhiites view the constant addition of numbers that is making their city increasingly more crowded and increasing its problems? The HT-CSDS Survey asked them whether people from other parts of India should now be stopped from settling in Delhi.

Yes, says a clear majority of 60 per cent. Delhi could do with a complete ban on new settlers.

No, say 34 per cent. Six per cent have no opinion on the matter.

Expectedly, Delhi’s oldest residents and the people who migrated to the city from Pakistan during Partition are the most intolerant of the new settlers. A fairly large number of settlers from northern and western India too seem to have had enough of the newcomers.

But among Delhiites from Bihar and Jharkhand, as many as 60 per cent oppose a ban on migration. Clearly, the lack of opportunities at home is a motivating factor. A slightly lower 57 per cent of south Indian migrants in the city agree with this sentiment.

The rich are more intolerant of the outsiders. Sixty-four per cent want a ban on further migration. Only 52 per cent of the poor agree.

Sixty-six per cent of people living in DDA flats, 65 per cent of residents of group housing societies and 64 per cent of villagers feel outsiders should be stopped from coming into the city.

This figure is somewhat lower among people living in government flats — 56 per cent. Obviously, this is because many residents here are themselves outsiders. For exactly the same reason, only 41 per cent of people living in slum clusters are in favour of a ban on further migration. It must be said here that 30 per cent of Bihari migrants in Delhi live in slums.

Levels of tolerance for migration are in inverse proportion to levels of education. Sixty-four per cent of the educated in Delhi want migrations stopped. But only 48 per cent of the uneducated agree.


First Published: Nov 04, 2003 14:39 IST