Delhi HC on DDA demolition drive of slums
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Last Updated: Friday, March 25, 2011, 23:17
  
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday asked DDA to inform it as to whether a detailed survey of slums was conducted before commencing the demolition drive in the city.

Issuing a notice to DDA, Justice Muralidhar in an order said "whether a complete survey document, which would show the status of each person whose jhuggi was demolished, was available with DDA prior to the demolition. DDA will place on record a copy of such door-to-door survey, if available" and fixed April 27 for further hearing of the matter.

The court accepted the argument of a slum dweller's counsel that pursuant to the Supreme Court order in 2003, the Centre has come out with a rehabilitation scheme for slum dwellers before their houses were demolished by the civic agency.

The court was hearing a petition filed by an NGO seeking a stay order on the DDA drive which commenced on March 23 to demolish Punjabi Basti alleging the government has removed the slums without rehabilitating the poor people.

To ensure the right to education of the children living in the slums and going to nearby schools, Justice Muralidhar directed the government to give a detailed affidavit about 7000 children that their education should not be disturbed.

The court also directed an affidavit from DDA as to whether it has taken care of the aspect that the dwellers, including the lactating and pregnant women, were the beneficiaries of the Integrated Child Development Scheme(ICDS) before the demolition was carried out.

"It will explain how Anganwadi centres functioning in the slums could be demolished without making alternative arrangements", the court said.

PTI


First Published: Friday, March 25, 2011, 23:17


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