Irked with the withdrawal of the two fact-finding committees appointed to study the slum redevelopment projects, social activist Medha Patkar now plans to move the high court next week.
Nine days after Patkar went on an indefinite hunger strike, the state government had formed two committees each to study the case of controversial redevelopment of Ganeshkripa society in Khar and 15 other projects under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). A government Resolution (GR) to this effect was passed on May 28.
But, as a Golibar resident supporting the redevelopment challenged the state in the court, the government withdrew the committees promised. “The decision is not correct. It was certainly not important from the legal point of view too. We will challenge the decision,” said Patkar.
Simpreet Singh, member, National Alliance of People’s Movement, said: “We will move the high court by next week. The government took nine days to reach the decision and issue the GR. After deliberating for so long, how can they now withdraw the committee suddenly?”
The study of the projects will now be transferred to the high power committee (HPC) appointed for SRA cases including only government officials. “The committee that has now been withdrawn had members from the civil society too. In case of HPC, the officials who had approved the projects are its members. How can we guarantee that they would not bring in their bias?” asked Raj Awasthi, ember, NAPM.