Slum, open defecation by squatters plague Moti Bagh

| | New Delhi

Blatant encroachment on Government land and open defecation, are the bane of South Moti Bagh, the colony that houses bureaucrats and Defence personnel. The Enforcement Division (ED) of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has turned a blind eye towards this eyesore that militates against the very idea of Smart City envisaged by the Government of India.

A slum area has come up with the active connivance of locals politicians, said police and NDMC officials. Despite several complaints filed by the Government officials, the council has not taken any sincere steps to shift the slum dwellers and illegal occupants from the South Moti Bagh area. Moreover, open defecation by the squatters has made the life miserable for the occupants of Government flats.

Notably, some officers living in D-II type flats have submitted written and online complaints on “311-NDMC app” to address the issue and have petitioned the top brass of  the NDMC but the council has yet to take any action to remove the illegal occupants of the area.

The Pioneer visited the area and found that people are forced to live in unhygienic conditions which are bad for the health of both the resident officers and their families living in Government accommodations and the slum dwellers as well.

Speaking to The Pioneer, AAP MLA from Delhi Cantonment,  Commando Surrender said, rehabilitation of those living in the slums of Moti Bagh area is the duty of Central Government. "Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stands with poor people and we are not in the favour to evacuate the slum dwellers from that area," the MLA said.

When asked as to who would provide them basic facilities, instance-toilet and shelter to these squatters, the MLA added, "Since the land belongs to CPWD and NDMC, both the agencies should work on this issues."

Reacting on the issue, Karan Singh Tanwar, Former BJP MLA said that the AAP has mentioned in its mentioned, "Jahan Juggi Vahin Ghar", however, the AAP has failed to fulfill their promises.

However, sources in the NDMC claimed, "People living in the slums of Moti Bagh are the vote bank of political leaders and they have been asking the council not to take any coercive action against them.."

Meanwhile, the Central Government officers living in Moti Bagh area have written to the NDMC chairman and the Enforcement Director about the brazen encroachment. The area, according to them, has been infested with anti-social elements who have made their life hell.

Illustrating the condition of the resident colony, an officer mentioned that the people who are living in slums have no toilet facility and they defecate in the open. "The place has been turned in to grooming ground for local goons who use vulgar language," the official added.

"I never expected that staying in Moti Bagh will enhance my general knowledge of using abusive language. If these unauthorised constructions are not removed, it is definitely going to be more troublesome for the residents," an officer of Lieutenant Colonel rank mentioned in his letter to NDMC Chairman.

The officer in his letter has also requested to NDMC officials to visit the place to see how Moti Bagh is tuning rapidly into a ghetto and how Prime Minister's Swachchh Bharat campaign is being mocked by those who defecate in the open, just few kilometres away from the Lutyen's Zone. "To my surprise when I raised the matter, I learned that theses illegal construction and encroachment are being supported by the NDMC officials and certain political leaders," the letter quoted.



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