The snail-paced progress in the working of D P Buch Committee,formed a year ago for re-settlement of families displaced from the Sabarmati riverfront,has galvanised the municipal corporation into forming a team of over two dozen officials to help it expedite the process.
The AMC has been demolishing slums along the river side until May 7,when the HC stayed the drive after it was approached by the affected families represented by local voluntary organisations.
The Buch Committee has the mammoth task of scrutinizing 7,000 applications seeking proper rehabilitation. According to its member secretary,Capt Dilip Mahajan,only 85 out of 7,000 applications have been settled in past one year.
Now,the new team of civic officials will sort out applications in various categories before June 13,when the High Court will hear out the case of evacuees who moved a petition and obtained the stay on demolitions on May 7.
Mahajan said the Buch Committee took a very long time in sorting out things and only 20 per cent of families had been identified and of them only 85 resettled.
Earlier,the Sabarmati Nagrik Adhikar Manch (SNAM),a NGO,counted 20,000 families living within the projects boundaries and nearly 40,000 families overall in slums on the Sabarmatis banks. In 1998,the AMC had estimated just 10,000. In 2005,the AMC counted 14,500 families. Of them,6,500 were outside the project boundary and the rest on the project line,according to Mahajan.
It was only on May 5 that top civic officials had ordered large-scale demolition of slums in the river bed under police protection. Later,they denied there was any stay on the demolition process. A subsequent plea to the high court put the process to a halt.