DELHI: As many as 144 families displaced after partition, who had been campaigning for full rights to plots given to them in the 1950s, have won their long and arduous battle. Delhi Development Authority on September 9 announced that families who were given plots after 1950 in east Delhi’s Jheel Khuranja area will now have freehold rights.
The residents were traditionally from a milk-producing community and had grouped themselves under Jheel Khuranja Milk Producers’ Co-operative Society. They were allotted land on rent measuring seven bighas and 11 biswas (a little over one acre) by Delhi Improvement Trust to be given to 144 members. The land was given out on condition that the members will not sell, mortgage, sublease or transfer it.
Members of the society had been campaigning to get full ownership of their properties with the argument that they’d spent over 60 years on the spot, earning their living and residing there, without encroaching upon public land.
“It has also been decided that in case of violation of building bye-laws, unauthorized construction or misuse, charges would be imposed and recovered,” said Neemo Dhar, spokesperson, DDA.