Mubarakpur Dabas, New Delhi
Mubarakpur Dabas is located to the west of Delhi. The village is adjacent to one of Delhi Jal Board’s prominent lakes. The community comprises a village and informal settlement. The Bisagama is a cluster of twenty villages covering 24,558 acres of partially irrigated upland. The villages have a long history with the major landowning villagers identifying themselves with a common ancestor, Dabas. Located in the Kanjhawala area cluster forming a part of chaugama were villages-Madanpur Dabas, Rani Khera, Rasulpur, Mubarakpur Dabas. These villages have joint habitation rules and collective arrangement of managing the commons – village ponds or Johads, the field channels or dhana.
KEY COMMUNITY CHALLENGES
- Rapid urbanisation in and around the village area has led to haphazard development, forcing many people to migrate outside the settlement.
- Furthermore, older structures near the vacant plots of land are facing waterlogging issues, forcing some residents to invest in draining the water out of the plot area. Ongoing construction in the area is exacerbating this issue by utilising the excess standing water in the area.
- The Mubarakpur Lake, which is one of the key sites of the area, with three divisions that are used by cattle, for the village (cultural) and for farming. However, the lake is now facing the issue of wastewater from the village being dumped in the site.
- The wells in the settlement that were earlier majorly used for washing clothes have now been closed.