Emotional Scenes as 350 Delhi Slum Dwellers Get Flats

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Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Delhi government allotted flats to 350 slum dwellers here on Monday, February 6, with some of the recipients breaking down as they realised an impossible dream had come true. The slum dwellers had lived for decades at a shanty called Nehru Camp in east Delhi’s Patparganj area. The allotted flats are located in Sector 16B of Dwarka in west Delhi, many miles away.

Despite being ejected from an area which they had got used to, there was visible joy as deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia gave them allotment letters for the one bedroom flats constructed by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board. Many slum dwellers could not hide their emotions.

“My jhuggi was bulldozed thrice by the authorities. I was compelled to live on the highway with my small kids… my household goods were stolen. I can’t forget those days,” recalled a sobbing Mohammad Yasin.

“This is a great favour the Delhi government has done by giving us flats at a new and better place,” he added. Yasin had lived in Nehru Camp since 1997.

Another emotionally charged slum dweller added: “I never thought I will ever be able to give a pucca house to my children.”

Sisodia said the Aam Aadmi Party government was committed for the betterment of people living in slums.

“This is the sixth (slum) residents being rehabilitated peacefully. I promise you all a better life ahead,” he said.

“It is our responsibility to get the students studying in schools here (in east Delhi) admitted to schools in the new place,” Sisodia said.

  • Tanmay Nigam

    Good work AAP.


    Slowly, but surely, AAP is beginning to deliver some concrete good work first with doctor clinics and now houses for slum – dwellers. . If it continues, it may become the ‘sinasore’ of other mainstream parties


    AAP is becoming a potential threat to mainstream parties. It has started some
    welfare measures which no other party in power have even tried to initiate in their tenure all these years

  • Sthitapragnya Deshpande

    Thank you for also publishing good news about good work done by the Delhi government / AAP

  • Yogesh sehgal

    Hello! Govt is doing well. But, three years back many more flats in Dwarka sector16b were allotted for prole of pratap camp, Nehru Nagar. Govt. had taken money from them too,… But , the people are not shifted till now. No further actions took place. Do comments and help if anyone can…………