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JAMIA NAGAR: A GHETTO IN NATIONAL CAPITAL

In the south-east end of the National Capital Territory lies a populous area named as Jamia Nagar, bordering with Yamuna River and NOIDA. This area was settled by Punjabi Hindus after the partition of India. The oldest area in the constituency is Okhla Gaon. It is the largest hub of Muslims in Delhi after Jama Masjid area. In early 1980s new areas are becoming part of Jamia Nagar, the name of these areas are Zakir Nagar, Batla House, Shaheen Bagh, Abul Fazal, Noor Nagar etc. It is a huge populous area with a population of 1.5 million. Now this area is ghetto of Delhi. The question arises why has it become ghetto?

When the new areas are developing, these areas were developed by the encroachment of Yamuna’s river bank. All city planning rules & regulations were compromised while the constructing the buildings and streets. This leads to the improper street planning of the area, which has a pernicious effect now by the traffic jams and water logging during monsoon. These new areas aren’t legalized by the governing authorities due to illegal encroachment on the river bank.

The annual budget required for Jamia Nagar is about 25 crores approximately. But only 10 crores are assigned for infrastructure development by the government. The reason for this huge cut in the budget is due to its illegal colony label. Due to this, there is no proper government-aided healthcare and government aided education institution. There is no planning of government to do infrastructure development. Due to these reasons, it is now a ghetto of the Capital and no authorities are concern about it and no one is raising the voice of Jamia Nagar’s people in the Legislative Assembly.