saath,” (If you cannot help me during my difficult times, at least do not trouble me more) she said. “I earn a livlihood by selling cosmetics. My earning is Rs 20-30 per day. After my husband’s death it became very difficult for me to raise my children alone.”
“My entire life I faced a lot of difficulties, now I dont have the strength to fight anymore. It took me years to build that house and they demolished it in front of my eyes withing seconds. Where will I go now?” she said, adding, now I am forced to live on the road with my children in this cold weather.
She added, “My husband died decades ago, but these officials want my husband to be present in person to allot me a house. I am living here from last 20 years but the officers won’t allot me a house. Can’t they allot a house to a women?” Where thousands are on road, education has taken a back seat. Suraj, a student of Class VIII has not gone to school for the past few days. The worst part, he isn’t even sure if he will continue with his studies or not.
“The officiers did not even give us time to collect our belongings. I screamed and pleaded him to let me collect my things, but they bulldozed everything,” said Seeta.
When asked that a notice was given to them, she said, “We are illiterate people. There was a news that demolition will take place, but most of us did not know when. The administration did not make any announcement.”
Though, thousands are left homeless, there were others too who were lucky enough to get new houses made by the administration for them. “I got a new house, it is much better than where I lived. However, there is water and electricity problem,” said Alok.
CHB to build over 5,000 2-room flats at Maloya
Chandigarh Housing Board would be constructing more than 5,000 two room flats at Maloya under the rehabilitation scheme. The tender was approved in a meeting of the Board of Directors of CHB on Friday. While