Why then is there such resistance to more, lower storied buildings? For one, the private partner is adeptly reading the 2009 agreement and the provisions of the Master Plan 2021 to mean that it is entitled to not 18% (the 0.98 hectares specified in the agreement, of the total of 5.4 hectares), but almost double - 38% of the total ground area. High-rise buildings obviously mean more persons packed into each square inch: leaving more space for the commercially lucrative buildings.
But the most egregious part of the process has been the total lack of engagement with the local population. Involvement aside, even basic knowledge of the project was not given to the anxious residents. The standoff between the residents and the DDA had reached an all-time low around the middle of February, when, after years of unsuccessfully petitioning the DDA for more information on the proposed plan through all available channels, including the 2006 Right to Information Act, there were suddenly newspaper reports of an imminent eviction and demolition. The transit camp, at a place 2 kilometers away was ready and the DDA was ready to shift people there. Policemen in riot gear paced the narrow paths of the colony, and there were rumours of bulldozers that had been menacingly parked on the outskirts.