Having been uprooted from Colony Number 5, residents who were not eligible for houses at the newly-constructed rehabilitation colony at Dhanas are settling in different sectors of the city as well as adjoining areas. Some have even taken houses on rent in the villages and colonies in the city, others have found shelter in Mohali bordering Chandigarh.
More than 5,000 families from the colony were eligible for houses under the rehabilitation scheme. Those families were not entitled for rehabilitation. A section of these people had made alternate arrangements when the move to raze the colony was started.
The colonies and villages are swarming with people who are looking for affordable accommodation.
Few families have shifted to areas like Jagatpura in Mohali district making the residents in these areas wary of fresh encroachments would now take place here. A resident of Jagatpura said that many people are regularly coming here with their belongings . He added that while they have been paying rent as well as electricity and water charges, there is apprehension that those who are shifting here now would encroach upon the land. Keeping in view the spurt of migrants, the Mohali Police has set up barriers along the border with Chandigarh to avoid them from settling there.
Meanwhile, the process of taking possession of tenements at Dhanas continued. There was a scramble to get allotment letters, electricity connections and water supply. Water was not reaching the upper storeys due to damage to a pipeline. Bus service to and from Dhanas to Colony Number 5 has been started to facilitate those shifting. Facilities for ensuring continuation of education of the children have also been started.
BJP leaders clash outside Burail
The rift within the Chandigarh unit of the BJP over the demolition of Colony Number 5 deepened further with party president and a former president sparring outside Burail Jail where senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan is lodged. Dhawan was arrested two days back after he held a protest against the demolition of Colony Number 5.
A group of BJP leaders including former president Dharam Pal Gupta went to meet Dhawan in the jail on Friday.