Respected Dr Najeeb Jung Ji,
As you are well aware, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had recently demolished the hutments, handpumps and standing vegetable crops on the Yamuna river banks. We would like to bring to your kind attention that the NGT had allowed floriculture on these lands. Stopping people who have been cultivating on the river banks for the past 70 years from their activity would render over 20,000 families and lakhs of other people related to farming, jobless, from Wazirabad to the Okhla belt of the Yamuna river bank.
Farming on the river bed also prevents people from encroaching on the land and help maintain the bio-diversity of the area.
We request you to kindly intervene to settle this problem to help out the farmers, primarily by looking into the following three demands:
1. People, whose huts have been demolished by the DDA, should be rehabilitated in nearby areas so that they can get easy access to their farm lands.
2. The farmers, who are willing to shift to floriculture, should be provided with all the training facilities with technical know-how by the Government and maketing facilities to ensure a smooth process of transition.
3. The lease of the land should be renewed after recovering all the dues from the farmers, which the farmers are ready to comply with.
A representation from the farmers is being enclosed for your kind perusal.
Dr. Najeeb Jung,
Hon’ble Lt. Governor,
Govt. NCT of Delhi.
Raj Niwas, New Delhi.