In keeping with one of its key pre-poll promises, Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government Monday issued directions to various agencies not to carry out any demolition across the city until it reviews the existing policies governing demolitions.
On Monday, the first working day of the AAP government, AAP called its first Cabinet meeting which passed these directions to different agencies.
The Aam Aadmi Party, in its Assembly eelction campaign, had promised that no demolition would be carried out in the city if it came to power.
“Government has decided to take a holistic view on the existing policy of carrying out demolitions of houses in residential areas and jhuggies,” a senior government official said.
The official also said that the government has issued directions to various agencies – New Delhi Municipal Council, North, East and South Delhi Municipal Corporations, Delhi Jal Board, environment and forests, revenue departments, among others to not carry out any demolition till this review is completed.
He also said that in case any demolition has already been planned or is in the pipeline, the agency concerned will have to seek prior approval of the urban development minister.
However, the official clarified that this order will not apply to action taken in pursuance of courts orders.
He also said that the government has intended to complete this review at the earliest.
“Government has clearly asked concerned agencies to strictly follow its directions on this issue,” he said.
Two days ago, a group of people had protested outside Kejriwal’s home against the demolition of slums in Shahdara in east Delhi.