Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Guj.HC refuses to stay slum demolition at riverfront

The slum dwellers from Sabarmati riverbanks did not get any relief from Gujarat high court on Tuesday so far as demolition drive was concerned. AMC has been demolishing hutments for last three days.
Adivision bench refused to stay civic body’s on-going demolition drive on the riverbanks. At the same time, the court instructed AMC to speed up the process of allotment of alternate houses to the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project Ltd affected families. HC asked 1,112 families, who have already been allotted houses but have not shifted yet, to immediately move to the new houses. When senior counsel Girish Patel raised the issue of want of facilities at the newly-built colonies, HC directed AMC to provide basic amenities there by December 31.
In regards with 1,242 families, whose identification process is over, the court has directed them to furnish required identification proofs before AMC within two weeks. The civic body was further ordered to complete the process and allot houses to these families within a month.

Out of 1,433 families, which were identified by Buch committee as qualifying for rehabilitation, identification process of 682 families is already over. HC has asked the authority to allot houses to them. In regards with remaining 751 families whose case is under consideration, the directions are to provide them with temporary shelters in open plots at Ganeshpura, Pipalaj and Girdharnagar areas.

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