The Railways stated on Monday it won’t dismantle any encroachment with out a correct resolution taken collectively with the Urban Development Ministry and the Delhi authorities, after a political storm brewed over a Supreme Court order for elimination of round 48,000 slum dwellings on rail land within the metropolis.
In the August 31 order, the highest courtroom had ordered elimination of the slums inside three months. It is estimated that round 2.four lakh folks stay in slums in Naraina Vihar, Azadpur, Vihar, Shakur Basti, Mayapuri, Sriniwaspuri, Anand Parbat, Okhla and others.
The Northern Railways had submitted a report back to the highest courtroom saying that mushrooming of slums alongside railway tracks is appearing as hindrance in direction of conserving them clear.
“The railways have been taking all measures for complying with Hon’ble Supreme Court’s order in MC Mehta v/s Union of India dated 31.8.2020. Railway officials are holding regular meeting with all stake holders i.e. Delhi Govt. (with DUSIB on 5.9.2020) and Ministry of Urban Development (on 10.9.2020) to find means and ways to comply with the Supreme Court Order.
“Further, the Railway won’t dismantle any encroachment with out correct resolution together with MoUD and state authorities. The similar stand has been taken by the Ministry of Railways in listening to of Ajay Maken’s petition within the Supreme Court listed in the present day (Monday),” the northern railways said in a statement.
The Railways also said that it has started a large-scale drive and removed 5-6 per cent garbage lying along the tracks till date.
“Garbage cleansing can be accomplished inside three months as given within the order by the Supreme Court,” it stated.
On Friday, Senior Congress chief and former minister Ajay Maken had moved the Supreme Court in search of rehabilitation of slum dwellers. The plea sought course to the Ministry of Railways, Delhi Government and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) to rehabilitate the slum dwellers previous to eviction and demolition of their dwellings.
It additionally sought course to the Ministry of Railways, Delhi Government and DUSIB to observe the Delhi Slum and JJ Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy, 2015, and the protocol for elimination of jhuggis within the letter and spirit.
In a letter to the railways on Thursday, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), headed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, stated in keeping with the 2015 coverage, the rehabilitation work must be undertaken by the company which owns the encroached land.
However, DUSIB additionally stated it might undertake rehabilitation work however the railways should pay for the price of land and building in addition to relocation fees starting from Rs 7.55 lakh to Rs 11.30 lakh per flat.