Forced Evictions in Delhi: Slum Residents Face ‘Triple Whammy’ – By Ronak Chhabra
Slum dwellers in the national capital find their woes compounded by the looming threat of forced evictions by the government authorities – that continued apace last year and has not spared families despite the resurgence in COVID-19 cases now.
About 200 families residing in the informal housing settlements in Delhi were directly or indirectly affected by the demolition drive carried out by the authorities in the month of April. The eviction drives coincided with the surge in infection cases, putting under extreme stress the sub-optimal healthcare infrastructure in the city.
More worryingly, the evictions were carried out without any rehabilitation or alternative arrangements for the slum residents, activists have alleged….