Yamana Pushta Evictions and Demolitions

What is affected
Housing private
Land Social/public
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 05 May 2004
Region A [ Asia ]
Country India
Location Delhi1

Affected persons

Total 300000
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution Action requested HIC-HLRN issued an Urgent Action appeal to the Indian authorities, urging them to: • Stop all evictions in Yamuna Pushta immediately; • Prevail upon relevant authorities to follow due process of law and allow for a fair hearing to for the affected people. Five years later, continuing violations make affected persons the subject of entitles reparations for losses and costs to them, and indicate the urgent reforms required in Delhi and Indian eviction policies.
Details IND-FE 2005 05 04.pdf

Forced eviction
Land losses

- Land area (square meters)

- Total value
Housing losses
- Number of homes 10000
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Bandaru Dattatraya, Chief Minister of De
Brief narrative For follow-up study on the continuing violations agains the people evicted from Yamana Pushta, consult:

Kalyani Menon Sen & Gautam Bhan, Swept Off The Map: Surviving Eviction & Resettlement in Delhi" (New Delhi: Yod Press, 2009).
Price: Rs 250.
ISBN: 978-81-906186-1-8
Format: Paperback

Book Details:

In January 2004, the Tourism Ministry of the Government of India announced its plan of developing a 100-acre strip of land on the banks of the river Yamuna into a riverside promenade with parks and fountains which would be marketed as major tourist attractions. At the time this plan was unveiled, the riverbank and bed along this stretch was occupied by the Yamuna Pushta ‘jhuggi-jhonpdi’ colony, a string of settlements home to around 35,000 working class families - more than 150,000 people – some of whom had lived here for over three decades. In February and April 2004, homes and community buildings along the banks of the Yamuna were razed to the ground in several 24-hour long operations. Having followed the events leading up to the so-called ‘voluntary’ demolitions which exploded into intense protests and forceful and violent suppression by the authorities, the authors of this present volume decided to expand the scope of their research and undertake a comprehensive household survey to map the situation on the ground in one of the relocation sites, Bawana, with respect to the commitments made in key policy documents. In carrying out the household survey, they chose women as their primary interlocutors since they are ideally situated to unravel and expose the interconnections and synergy between patriarchy and other systems of domination and inequality.
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