Delhi’s Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday wrote to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal about a detailed plan to provide “pucca” houses to poor families living in 48,000 slums along the railway tracks in the national capital.
Shri Jain in his letter urged the Center to provide pucca houses to the people before their eviction.
“The Supreme Court has ordered the removal of 48,000 slums (slums). We believe it would not be wise to do so in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whenever they are removed, they are given pucca houses. Is very clear about the law. Mr. Jain said in his letter, “This is his legal right. Therefore, first of all, they should be given pucca houses, and only then they can be removed from the slums. “
“Ja jhuggi vahin makan (where there is a slum, there will be a house), it was promised by both the AAP and BJP. Chief Minister Kejriwal has enacted a law in this regard stating that these people have rooms in their possession Shall be made available. In slums before their expulsion. The Center has also accepted this policy.
Keeping these things in mind, we need to look for available land near the slums, where houses can be built for them, Mr. Jain said.
Shri Jain said that the two governments should simultaneously explore the land around each slum area, where pucca houses can be built for the slum dwellers.
“This will require the support of all government agencies. The agency that owns the land will also need its support. This requires a detailed plan and we are ready to help you. The Delhi government is ready. These For full cooperation in formulation of policies, we can make these plans and give it to you when needed.
He said that Delhi government also has more than 40,000 flats, some of which are ready and some will be ready soon.
“But these flats are located on the outskirts of Delhi. These flats can be given to the slum dwellers who live in areas which do not have vacant land and who have houses under the” Jaan slum, waha mansion “policy Cannot be given, “he added.
“On behalf of CM Kejriwal and the Delhi government, I assure full support and cooperation in our efforts to provide shelter to poor people,” he concluded.
On 14 September, the central government presented before the Supreme Court that no slum (slum) would be demolished as the Railways were discussing the issue with the Delhi government and the Ministry of Urban Development to find a solution.
A bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, was hearing a plea by senior Congress leader Ajay Maken seeking a Supreme Court order for the demolition of nearly 48,000 slums along the rail tracks in Delhi. Was challenged.
After hearing the submissions, the hearing of the case was adjourned for four weeks.
Maken had moved the apex court against an order passed by a bench headed by (retired) Justice Arun Mishra for the demolition of around 48,000 slums along the rail tracks in Delhi.
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