On an overcast April afternoon, a dejected Islam (he only identifies his first name) sits still on a cot at his jhuggi facing a row of tall office buildings. A farmer, who has been living on the riverside for 40 years, next to the ITO bridge over the Yamuna, he now stares at displacement.
The wheat crop he had sown on 10 bighas (6.19 acres) of land was razed by the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) bulldozers in February, along with tens of jhuggis or slums on the Yamuna floodplains. Some jhuggis, such as the one where Islam and his family live, are still standing.
“Yahaan park banega, navein chalengi... (A park will be built here, and boats rowed),” he says about the evacuated site, claiming he has been told so by residents of the area.
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