Over 600 slum clusters in Delhi will soon get civic amenities and protection from demolition action with the Delhi government clearing a proposal to notify them.
The proposal was discussed and cleared at a meeting of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The board decided to notify 675 slum clusters in the city that came up before 2006. A copy of the meeting’s agenda is with HT.
Officials explained that slums, within these 675 clusters, that were constructed till February 10, 2015 will also get protection from demolition. But those that came up after this date will have to face demolition.
The proposal also means that slum clusters that came up in the city after 2006 will no longer enjoy any protection from demolition and action can be taken against them.
There are approximately 3 lakh slums in the city in which close to 15 lakh people live.
“We will now make a rehabilitation plan for all these clusters and ensure that demolition is not carried out in any of these clusters,” said a senior Delhi government official. The list of 675 clusters will be put up on the website of the board.
The clusters have been taken into account as they existed till 2006, as per the provision of the DUSIB Act, 2010 and NCT of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, as amended in 2014.
Sources said that DUSIB is now undertaking a survey to ascertain the exact number of slum clusters that have come up post 2006 and they will be liable for action and are also not likely to get any form of compensation from the government.
“In order to fulfil the mandate of resettlement and relocation of JJ clusters and also for providing basic facilities in accordance with the provisions of the DUSIB Act, 2010, it is essential to freeze the number of JJ clusters and notify them under DUSIB Act, 2010. It is proposed that initially a notice giving details of JJ clusters will be issued and objections from general public will be invited within one months’ time regarding addition, deletion or any issue related to the clusters,” states the agenda of the DUSIB meeting.
Regularising slums has been one of the major poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party, where it made a major dent into what was previously considered the votebank of the then-ruling Congress.