Arvind Kejriwal writes to Najeeb Jung over alleged demolition of jhuggis

In the letter, Arvind Kejriwal alleged, "The demolition drive carried out by the development authority in Mehrauli is against the law, constitution and humanity."

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 2, 2015 2:43 am

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Slamming a recent demolition drive by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a letter to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, has said the move was against “law, Constitution and humanity”.

The drive, carried out by the DDA against jhuggis (slum clusters) in Mehrauli area in South Delhi, was illegal and unconstitutional, said Kejriwal.

Kejriwal claimed that on August 26, the DDA had demolished nearly 40 jhuggis without making any arrangement for the rehabilitation of the slum-dwellers. He also claimed that the drive led to the death of an infant.

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The CM also reminded the Lt-Governor of the Delhi Special Provision Act 2014, which makes it clear that a demolition drive can be carried out only after the agency concerned had made arrangements for the rehabilitation of those displaced by the drive.

“In 2014, Parliament had enacted the Delhi Special Provision Act 2014, according to which any encroachment structure which came up before January 1, 2006 cannot be demolished. There is also a provision in this law that the demolition can be carried out in case there is encroachment upon roads or if government urgently needs land for its projects. Under the law, demolition can only be done if the concerned agency has made arrangements for rehabilitation,” stated Kejriwal in the letter.

In his three-page letter to Jung, who also heads the DDA, Kejriwal claimed that the agency had planned more such demolitions in the future. “I have got to know that in the coming days, you are going to get jhuggis demolished in more areas. I want to request you to stop this demolition,” he said.

The rehabilitation of slum-dwellers in the capital has been a major point in the agenda of the AAP government. “Our proposal was that the DDA gives us five years and during this period, the government will provide pucca houses for those living in jhuggis. We also asked the DDA not to bring down any jhuggis in five years. We also assured the development authority that if it needs land, it should inform us six months before,” said the CM.

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  1. R
    Sep 1, 2015 at 10:48 pm
    Kejriwalji, during elections you promised the sky to jhuggiwalas. Today you dont want to remove jhuggis to keep your vote bank. But do you have a plan to relocate them? Do you have any plans to give them alternate houses or any package for them? or are you using CON-g decades old trick of giving promises and doing nothing for slum dwellers. Why are you blaming LG because you have no solution in horizon for these jhuggi walas.... and please stop humanity and unconsutional bakwas... itna hi humanity hain to apne ghar le ja unko... khila pila... kuch charity kar...don't do politics here.
    1. I
      Sep 2, 2015 at 10:46 am
      Whatever you say or do, but BJP and puppets of BJP will remain the thorn in the back of nice, honest and secular politicians, does not matter which party or religion or ideology they use or come from?
      1. T
        Sep 2, 2015 at 8:46 am
        Send Akela Arvind to Mumbai so that he can stay in the biggest slum of India
        1. himanshu kalpana
          Sep 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm
          Some people don't care to read the news completely. It was agreed between Delhi state Govt and DDA that no demolition for next 5 years. Even if there is a demolition, DDA will inform Delhi state Govt in advance. People of jhuggis VOTE for Delhi embly. Delhi CM should know about it. . Let us not be inhuman. Though jhuggis are illegal, Govt has the responsibility to provide housing to people who come to Delhi every year. Corruption and lazy Govt loot all the land/money and do no planning. . LG MUST stop this INHUMAN act or Delhi CM should go to supreme court.
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            amitava ghosh
            Sep 2, 2015 at 11:54 am
            AK talks rubbish.He has not bn able to do anyconstructive work, rather he only rakes up issue which is under the aues of Jung.AAP has lost sense of administration.
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