No action will be taken to demolish 48,000 slum clusters in Delhi, Centre tells Supreme Court
Two lakh families live in these houses situated within safety zones along rail tracks in Delhi
The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Monday that no action would be taken to demolish 48,000 slum clusters situated within safety zones along rail tracks in Delhi immediately.
Appearing before a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said consultations were on among the Railways, the Delhi government and the Union Ministry of Urban Development to reach a solution, taking into consideration the fact that any immediate move would cause the displacement of over two lakh families living in these clusters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The court scheduled the case for hearing after a month.
The dispute is based on an order by the Supreme Court itself. On August 31, a Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra, who is now retired, ordered the removal of the clusters within three months along with garbage piled up near the rail tracks. The court said no interference would be brooked from politicians or otherwise against the order. Besides, it had said any order of stay by any court would be deemed ineffective.
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The Hindu, 14 September, 2020, https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/no-action-will-be-taken-to-demolish-48000-slum-clusters-in-delhi-centre-tells-supreme-court/article32599296.ece?homepage=true&fbclid=IwAR39MaWBgmOFtooLTfKuR3R3vDSSj3ZRWer8GwfLP3y-gl