Kejriwal promises action in railway demolition drive that left over 150 families homeless

New Delhi: Within hours of taking oath, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal promised to take action and help those who have have been displaced by the railway demolition drive that left over 175 families homeless.

“Manish Sisodia went there yesterday. If tents haven’t been put up, we will arrange it tomorrow,” said Kejriwal assuring people that the Delhi government will extend all possible help to the displaced people.

Just a day before AAP ministers took oath in the iconic Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, over 175 hutments were demolished by the Railways on its land in East Delhi’s Mansrovar park, leaving 900 people homeless in the bitter cold.

Left at the mercy of god, the poor are left to fend for themselves even as the capital inches towards peak winters. “Where will I take my child,” said a grieving man. Over 150 families have been left without shelter following the demolition drive .

Not just were their hutments demolished but even their belongings were scattered. Now people are forced to burn their own belongings to keep themselves warm. My children should get some help. I want a place to live,” asked Sonia carrying her recently-born child.

The displaced have hardly got any help as of yet,. The only help they have received has been from good samaritans. “My blanket and mattress were muzzled by bulldozers,” said a 95-year-old who has nowhere to go.

Mohammad Samad Ali, who is blind and begs to get enough food, has spent two nights cold and hungry. “I lost my children’s clothes and other belongings during due to demolition,” said Mohammad.

Same was the agony faced by rickshaw puller, Rakesh, who had left for work on Thursday morning only to come back in the evening to find he has no home left. “I haven’t go any help till now. I am hungry,” cried Rakesh.

Even though Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had asked Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board to ensure rehabilitation of these people, the board says they are short of facilities. “We can’t immediately build night shelters like these. That permission is not there but we will think what best can be done but population is too big,” said Bhupinder Singh, Chief Engineer, DUSIB on accommodating the displaced people.