IN THE SHADOW OF CAPITAL
According to Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) estimates, Delhi’s homeless population is of around two lakhs or to some extent. More people in the city lack of homes today. Under the flyovers, near railway stations, road dividers, pavements – they are everywhere. We pass them by uncaringly. Delhi once had a quieter routine and a simple lifestyle compared to the dazzle of Mumbai. But it has now become a landmass of showy wealth hovering in the air. Constant migration has put huge strain on the capital’s limited accommodation and ever-increasing numbers of immigrant labourers compete for a limited number of professions and space. Slum removal at a huge rate to fulfill the demand of ever-rising real-estate properties has added more numbers to the homeless population in the last few years. The very people, who take a large responsibility to make the city function in the day, regrettably spend their nights here without even a proper shelter. Government agencies claim to have organized more than 220 temporary and permanent shelters when there are thousands out on the streets. Indeed, Delhi is brutally keeping apart those that have wealth and those that help to produce it.