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Despite Kejriwal's assurances, no action yet in demolition by Railways

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Dec 29, 2013 at 02:21pm IST

New Delhi: Despite assurance from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, no action has been taken yet in railway demolition drive that left over 150 families homeless in Mansrovar park. Kejriwal had on Saturday said that the government will arrange tents for the displaced people.

"Manish Sisodia went there yesterday. If tents haven't been put up, we will arrange it tomorrow," said Kejriwal assuring people that the Delhi government will extend all possible help.

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Just a day after AAP formed government in Delhi, this is an another issue Kejriwal will have to find a solution to along with the promises to wipe out corruption and improve things for the common man.

Over 175 hutments were demolished by the Railways on Friday on its land in East Delhi's Mansrovar park, leaving 900 people homeless in the bitter cold. Not only their homes were demolished but even their belongings were scattered. It's been more than 36 hours and all they have got is thin covering and a blanket from good samaritans.

People have been forced to burn their own belongings to keep themselves warm as capital is inching towards peak winter.

"My blanket and mattress were muzzled by bulldozers," said a 95-year-old has nowhere to go now. The disabled, children and old - the bulldozers spared none.

Mohammad Samad Ali, who is blind and begs to get enough food, has spent two nights cold and hungry. "I lost my children's clothes and other belongings during due to demolition," said Mohammad.

Same was the agony faced by rickshaw puller Rakesh who had left for work on Thursday morning only to come back in the evening to find he has no home left. "I haven't go any help till now. I am hungry," cried Rakesh.

Even though Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had asked Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board to ensure rehabilitation of these people, the board says they are short of facilities. "We can't immediately build night shelters like these. That permission is not there but we will think what best can be done but population is too big," said Bhupinder Singh, Chief Engineer, DUSIB on accommodating the displaced people.

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