Indore slum dwellers seek collector's help on "forced" relocation drive

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2015 21:18 IST

About 250 families of CP Shekhar Nagar in Indore on Wednesday submitted affidavits to the district collector against the municipal corporation's forced rehabilitation drive, alleging that their evacuation was unlawful and must be stopped.

Going against high court order against forced eviction, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) began demolishing the slums in CP Shakhar Nagar with the help of the police, they have alleged.

As per the city's master plan of 1971, the slum-dwellers of CP Shekhar Nagar should have been rehabilitated to A9 area behind Gangwal bus stand.

Later in 2007, under the Rajiv Awas Yojana, an in-situ rehabilitation plan for the urban poor was developed so that their livelihood was not affected, but that too was blatantly ignored, said Anand Lakhan of National Forum for Housing Rights.

"The corporation is evacuating everyone from CP Shekhar Nagar at their discretion without proper demarcation of the area falling under 30 meters from the bank of Kahn River or beyond the 30 meter mark," he said.

According to the complainants, IMC officials are luring people with more than one flat at Bangarda, and if they do not take up the offer, the slum dwellers are being threatened that their constructions would be razed.

Meanwhile, those who have already been relocated to Bangarda are facing problems like allocation of the same flat to multiple people.

The district administration and the civic body are favouring builders by denying housing rights of slum dwellers, Lakhan said.

The high court has granted interim stay on forcible eviction and the matter will be heard on Monday.

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