Damaged, Desolate & Dirty: What Rehabilitation Looks Like for Khori’s Residents

By Vaishnavi Rathore

Between July and October, the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad, along with the Haryana state government had thrice razed people’s permanent houses in Khori Gaon, forcing many to live either in temporary shanties, or in rental housing. This happened after the Supreme Court directed the removal of all unauthorised structures from forest land under the Punjab Land Preservation Act.

After the residents moved the Supreme Court asking for rehabilitation, the Court directed the Haryana Government in August to expedite rehabilitation accommodation for those evicted.

But, as conversations with those Khori Gaon residents show, rehabilitation housing for those allotted flats in Dabua colony are far from being habitable.

Vaishnavi, The Bastion's Environment Lead, is interested in covering stories on forest and land rights, ecological restoration, governance of commons, and environmental justice.
Sourya is the Co-founder and CEO of The Bastion.
Manasi is a writer, filmmaker, and musician who is keen on exploring issues of education, technology and community mental health. She has also been active in the beatboxing and slam poetry communities of India. Off-the-clock, she can be found cycling, daydreaming, or daydreaming about cycling. Manasi works as The Bastion's Multimedia Associate.

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