New Delhi, May 19 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) and the Delhi government to file a status report on a plea filed by daily wage labourers and domestic workers, residents of JJ Basti, against the eviction notice served by the Department of Forest and Wildlife, Delhi Government.
The Single-Judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh directed the Delhi Government to file a status report and posted the matter for hearing on May 31, 2021.
The petitioners, residents of this slum, filed the matter of urgency as they were facing the threat of eviction through a notice issued by the Department of Forest and Wildlife, which purported to carry out a demolition drive on these slums.
Those made party made in the petition by the petitioner include the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, the Government of NCT of Delhi, the Department of Forest and Wildlife, the Delhi Development Authority, the Delhi Commissioner of Police, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.
According to the plea, on February 23, 2021, officials of the Forest Department served an eviction notice on some of the residents at the slum, asking them to vacate the place within three days. Around 10-12 houses were demolished between March 30 to April 1, it alleged.
According to the petition, all these residents were eligible for various Government rehabilitation policies, including the Delhi Slum and JJ Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy, 2015 of DUSIB.
The court noted that the slum comprised of more than 1000 houses, where residents were mostly daily wage labourers and domestic workers, who have now lost their livelihood and exhausted their savings during the lockdown, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ILNS/KR/RJ