It is really surprising and depressing that despite several public petitions filed by the concerned people and organizations, and coverage being given to the issue by a section of the media, nothing has been done so far to clear off the illegal occupants from occupying the vacant DDA plot at the Jahangirpuri area of Delhi.
Most of the encroachers are illegal Bangladesh migrants who are occupying this plot in one of the prime areas of the capital. According to a report, close to 20 million illegal immigrants from Bangladesh are living in India, and most of them are located at places like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai. Most of these illegal immigrants are known to occupy public land illegally and live there in slums built and developed by them.
The situation is especially bad in Delhi. According to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), nearly 1,398.53 acres of its land has been encroached upon, a sizeable chunk of which happens to be from the eastern Delhi. It was discovered that as much as 679.84 acres of land have been unlawfully occupied in this part of Delhi. And out of this, 545.59 acres was under the illegal colonies. The second biggest instance of land encroached was from north Delhi where nearly 130.06 acres of land was found to be under slum clusters.
Coming back to the issue of the particular case of land encroachment in Jahangirpuri, according to an estimate, the market value of the plot encroached is a staggering 100 crores. This plot is meant for the building of a college. One wonders why the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), and the Delhi Police (DP) are not taking any action against this blatant encroachment. Why the existing slum on this land is not demolished and the occupied land set free for the purpose for which it exists?
One believes this has something to do with those who matter in the political establishments. Most of the illegal Bangladeshis occupying the plot have ration cards, with some of them having even voting cards which gives them the power to exercise their right to vote. Thanks to their huge numbers, they are capable of tilting the balance of power to a certain degree, and this makes them valuable in the eyes of the vote seekers. It is these very people who are pulling the strings where it matters to prevent such immigrants from being evicted from Jahangirpuri. This is really sad and needs to be strongly prevented in the interest of the common people and other affected parties.