Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal has written to Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, expressing his displeasure over the recent demolition drive by the Delhi Development Authority in slum clusters in Mehrauli.
Calling the move against, ‘law, constitution and humanity,’ Kejriwal said that the DDA had on 26 August demolished as many as 40 jhuggis in Mehrauli without making arrangements for their alternative accommodation.
He wrote, “In 2014, Parliament had enacted the Delhi Special Provision Act 2014, according to which any encroachment structure which came up before January 1, 2006 cannot be demolished. There is also a provision in this law that the demolition can be carried out in case there is encroachment upon roads or if government urgently needs land for its projects. Under the law, demolition can only be done if the concerned agency has made arrangements for rehabilitation.”
He expressed concerns that the agency was planning to carry out similar drive in near future and they needed to stop until the DDA had made arrangements for their rehabilitation.
“I have got to know that in the coming days, you are going to get jhuggis demolished in more areas. I want to request you to stop this demolition. Our proposal was that the DDA gives us five years and during this period, the government will provide pucca houses for those living in jhuggis. We also asked the DDA not to bring down any jhuggis in five years. We also assured the development authority that if it needs land, it should inform us six months before,” Kejriwal’s letter added.