Kejriwal writes to LG over alleged demolition of jhuggis
In his three-page letter to Jung, who is the chairman of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Kejriwal has also claimed that “more” such demolition actions by the urban body are in the offing.
According to the Chief Minister, DDA had on August 26 “demolished” around 40 <g data-gr-id="27">jhuggis</g> of people in Mehrauli area without any prior arrangement for their rehabilitation which allegedly led to “death” of an infant.
“In 2014, Parliament had enacted ‘Delhi Special Provision Act 2014’ according to which encroachment structure which came up before January 1, <g data-gr-id="39">2006</g> cannot be demolished. There is also a provision in this law that demolition can be carried out in case there is <g data-gr-id="36">encroachment</g> upon roads or government urgently needs land for its projects. “Under the law, demolition can only be done if the concerned agency has made arrangements of rehabilitation. On August 26, DDA demolished shanties of people without arrangements of their rehabilitation,” Kejriwal said.
Several telephone calls to DDA’s concerned senior officials went unanswered.
Kejriwal said that as per Delhi government’s policy, shanties which came up before February 14, <g data-gr-id="32">2005</g> cannot be razed and the “demolition” carried out by the “DDA in Mehrauli area” is against the policy of government and the order of the Supreme Court.
“I have got to know that in the coming days, you (LG) are going to get <g data-gr-id="28">jhuggis</g> demolished in more areas. I want to request you to stop this demolition,” he claimed in his letter.
In the letter, the Delhi Chief Minister also alleged, “The demolition drive carried out by the development authority in Mehrauli is against the law, constitution and humanity.”
Kejriwal added that he had a meeting with the then vice-chairman of DDA on May 2 this year wherein a government proposal was accepted.