Residents from Vejalpur area, facing eviction due to the proposed route of Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Limited, have refused to shift to the area offered by the government for their relocation saying that the area falls under “disturbed area” category which shares its border with Muslim ghetto of Juhapura.
At least 22 residents, who have filed a petition in the Gujarat High Court, informed the court Tuesday that the relocation is not acceptable since it falls under disturbed area as notified under Disturbed Areas Act. Under this act, sale of property is restricted by the government since such areas are considered to be communally sensitive.
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“The suggested area for relocation in Vejalpur is situated in disturbed area and therefore it is not acceptable to the residents and the petitioners. We have given our counter suggestion to the MEGA in the last meeting held between the residents and the company CEO. We have suggested to relocate the petitioners and other residents either near Manekbaug hall or Prahladnagar,” said advocate Vikram Thakor who represents the petitioners in the High Court.
Both these areas are among the upmarket areas of the city.
Following the submission, the division bench told the government representatives to take the consensus of the petitioners in relocating them. The court also granted time to the government to consider the suggestion of the petitioners till April 12.
These petitioners include residents and shop-owners of Mangal Deep and Vishwakarma residential societies located at Jivraj Park area in Vejalpur, from where the north-south elevated corridor of the proposed metro rail begins.
They moved the High Court apprehending that they would lose their residences and shops because of the proposed rail link. They have also alleged that acquisition of their properties by MEGA is not in accordance with the provisions of Land Acquisition Act of 2013.