Delhi govt offers all help to railways in rehabilitating slum dwellers
The Supreme Court had ordered on August 31 removal of 48,000 shanties located along railway tracks in Delhi within three months. HT had first reported the matter on September 3.Updated: Sep 17, 2020 01:33 IST
Delhi urban development minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday wrote to Union railways minister Piyush Goyal, offering to prepare a detailed plan for rehabilitation of the slum dwellers living along the city’s railway tracks.
The Supreme Court had ordered on August 31 removal of 48,000 shanties located along railway tracks in Delhi within three months. HT had first reported the matter on September 3.
The Centre informed the apex court on Monday that the shanties would not be removed till a final decision is taken. The court then ordered that no coercive action be taken against the slum dwellers for four weeks.
In his letter, Jain assured “full cooperation” from the Delhi government in the matter and also reiterated that the project will require multiple agencies of the state and Central government to “closely work together”.
“A detailed plan has to be created... We will cooperate fully with you in formulating these policies, and the Delhi government can make these plans and give it to you if you need it,” read Jain’s letter to Goyal.
The minister also said the Delhi government has more than 40,000 flats that can be used to relocate the slum dwellers. “The Delhi government also has more than 40,000 flats, out of which some are ready and some will be ready soon. These flats can also be used, if needed, and the Delhi government had also written a letter to the railways last week in this regard. But, these flats are located on the outskirts of Delhi,” Jain wrote..
He said these flats can be offered to the residents of those slums where in-situ rehabilitation policy cannot be implemented for the paucity of land.