No jhuggi will be razed until Govt provides houses: Kejriwal

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No jhuggi will be razed until Govt provides houses: Kejriwal

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 | Sapna Singh | NEW DELHI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured 48,000 slum dwellers that no jhuggi will be demolished until Government provides ‘Pakka’ house within the radius of five km.

Citing the Social Provision Act, Delhi Urban Sheltar Improvement Board (DUSIB ), and Parliament Act on rehabilitation, Kejriwal said as per the act no one can remove jhuggis without providing Pakka Makan. ( House )

Lauding “Jahan Jhuggi Vahan Makan”, CM Kejriwal said he is standing with slum dwellers and wouldn’t let anyone demolish their jhuggis. “It is tough time as Coronavirus is in air, in such scenario if demolish work will happen, the chances of virus spread in all over Delhi is higher.”

“I am happy that Central government has submitted an Affidavit favouring to stop the demolish process,” in past 70 years, different government ruled and gone but none had planned to construct homes for poor people,” he added.

Pitching for the collective solution on the matter, Kejriwal said, “As per the orders, Delhi government, Railway Board and Urban Shelter Board will work together come out with a solution within four weeks,” he said this is not the issue to politicise.

Kejriwal said people living in Jhuggis have crucial role in Delhi’s economy. “Delhi will stop these people wouldn’t work for a single day.”

This may be recalled that the Delhi government has told Northern Railway that demolishing jhuggis along tracks would be illegal and that houses built for slum relocation can be made ready to move in earliest by March next year.

The letter from Delhi government was written by DUSIB officials after the CM held a meeting with senior officials from different departments to discuss the Supreme Court order, which said that 48,000 jhuggis along railway lines in Delhi have to be demolished.

Earlier, the Supreme court had ordered that jhuggis which are in the safety zone of the railways will have to be removed within three months.

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