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Demolition issue: High Court says entire Delhi is unauthorised

November 9, 2017:

PIL claimed that DDA gave them only four days to move out.

Demolition in Delhi                   pic by asiaE

Entire national capital is unauthorised, an anguished Delhi high court remarked on Tuesday while hearing a plea regarding the ongoing demolition at Kathputli Colony.

Observation was made by HC’s Bench of the Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar when an NGO representing some of the residents of the area stated that the jhuggis were demolished in violation of High Court’s October 31 and November 1 orders.

Delhi HC had in its earlier two orders had directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) not to demolish jhuggis of the persons who were not eligible for the relocation as per land owning agency.

NGO further claimed that directions of HC were not being strictly complied with by the DDA.

NGO had alleged before the Delhi HC Bench that its order on Monday allowing the three NGO members to visit area to identify slums of the people ineligible for the relocation was also not followed by DDA.

The Woman activist, who was part of three member panel, alleged in the Court that some men at the site misbehaved with her.

Pursuant to the submission, Bench directed the SHO of the area to ensure protection to three-member panel.

High Court reiterated that its earlier order giving the directions should be strictly complied with.

Delhi HC Bench has now listed the matter for the hearing on November 16,2017.

HC had on October 31,2017 had put on hold demolition at site for two weeks, but had modified its order next day by allowing DDA to demolish jhuggis whose residents were eligible for the relocation and had voluntarily moved out of Kathputli Colony to transit camps at Narela and Anand Parbat.

Kathputli Colony is spread over an area of around 14 acres was home to large number of puppeteers, magicians, singers and the musicians.

The Colony is the first slum in Delhi to be taken up by DDA for in-situ redevelopment with help of a private developer, who will in turn will get a substantial part of the land for the commercial use as part of project.

Source - ptinews.com

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