By Accommodation Times News Services
Delhi High Court denied Delhi Development Authority from demolishing the Vasant Kunj slums, which they were to carry on 3rd December, Wednesday. As Dalit Ekta Camp NGO has filed a petition in the HC on behave of the residents of slums. Justice V K Shali said DDA that they cannot demolish the slums as court needs to go through the petition.
The court has held the hearing for 3th December, Thursday and has ordered the Delhi government to submit all the orders given by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for the demolition of slums.
There is also another court case going on relating to demolition of a slum cluster Jhuggi Jhopri camp near Rangpur pahar nala, in which another single judge bench of the court said it will hear the matter on December 4. In this case, Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the city government to explore the possibility of relocating the members of the slum.
The court said that the forest areas need to be protected or else anyone can crouch the land, government should take appropriate measures to secure the forests. Court said, “Government’s inaction over a period of time can’t be capitalised upon.”
The court advice the matter to December 4 after the city government said no demolition is expected to take place in the next two days. Both slums have approached the court apprehending that the houses there would be demolished, as had been done on November 25 in the case of another cluster Israil camp, located in the same area.
“According to an earlier order of the high court the demolition of a slum cluster should be carried out only if it would serve a public purpose and in such a case the residents need to be relocated or rehabilitated first, said, Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who has appeared in the first matter.”