Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday constituted a group of ministers (GoM) to examine and formulate a policy for the rehabilitation of settlements located on right of way zones in the city.
The decision comes after a municipal corporation demolition drive in one such settlement turned ugly last month and left several residents and policemen injured.
The decision to constitute the GoM was taken during a meeting of the Delhi Cabinet on Monday.
Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said,The CM has decided to set up a GoM to look into all issues on settlements located on right of way and make recommendations. The GoM has been mandated to formulate a policy to deal with such issues.
He said the GoM would also look at plans to rehabilitate such settlements and ensure that they do not come up in the future.
On September 30,a municipal corporation demolition drive in Mianwali Nagar turned ugly. While North MCD officials claimed they were only following a court order,residents said the eviction notice was posted only a day before the drive.
After Dikshit and Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna intervened,the drive was called off.
A senior Delhi government official said the Delhi High Court had ordered the removal of all encroachments on right of way,but after rehabilitation. At the time of the demolition drive,the government was yet to develop a policy for rehabilitation. The chief secretary was looking into the issue,but now a GoM has been formed, he said.
Senior officials said it was the governments view that residents in such settlements were from economically weaker sections of society who could not be evicted without alternative arrangements.
After the Mianwali Nagar demolition drive,Dikshit had said: The people living in such areas have done so for decades and invested their money.