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HC criticises night shelter demolition

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday slammed the “insensitive” Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for demolishing night shelters, reports Harish V Nair.

delhi Updated: Jan 14, 2010 01:00 IST
Harish V Nair

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday slammed the “insensitive” Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for demolishing night shelters.

The court asked the civic agency to take urgent steps to provide shelter to the homeless wherever they carried out the demolition.

The court took cognisance of a report in the Hindustan Times on December 10 — ‘200 families left out in the cold’ — and sought an explanation from the MCD. HT had reported how the police, with Railway Protection Force, evicted over 200 families from their settlement in Old Delhi.

“We do not expect any modern civilised society to allow its people to die, whether it is the Commonwealth Games or any other thing. This trend cannot be allowed,” a division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said.

It directed the MCD to make arrangements so that “at least 150 people can be accommodated at one night shelter”.