NGT raps Delhi govt for not utilizing reserves for ghetto evacuation

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New Delhi, Aug 19: The National Green Tribunal today rapped Delhi government over affirmed non-use of Rs 11.25 crores given to it by Railways path in 2003-2004 for restoration of ghetto bunches along rail tracks here by distributing pads to the occupants and evacuate infringements.

“What did you (Delhi govt) do in every one of these years? After 2003 you don’t did anything. You got the cash from everyone and kept it with you for a decent number of years,” a seat headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

The perception came after Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) looked to put the onus on the vehicle behemoth, telling the seat that Railways had given Rs 11.25 crore to it for movement of jhuggis in 2003-2004 and, according to the 2015 Delhi Slum and JJ Rehabilitation and Relocation arrangement, it was the area owning organization (railroads) that was in charge of restoration of ghettos.

In any case, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand and advocate Om Prakash, showing up for Railways, said that recovery was a state subject and cash has been lying with DUSIB yet they have not used it till date.

After receipt of cash, 257 jhuggi jhopri (JJ) inhabitants were restored by the Slum and JJ Department by spending Rs 52 lakh, DUSIB said, including around then, the Slum Relocation Policy given to allocation of 18 sq meters plots to the qualified jhuggi occupants.

“Be that as it may, close around 7,750 plots of ghetto and JJ Department were given to DDA on credit premise for movement of JJ bunch at Yamuna Pushta. These plots should return to the ghetto and JJ Department. Be that as it may, DDA has not gave back the same.

“In the in the interim, another Master Plan was presented in 2007. The Master Plan imagined distribution of pads rather than plots to moved JJ occupants. The DUSIB Act came into power in the year 2010,” it said.

DUSIB further said that at present, it had various pads developed at Baprola and the office was set up to begin the migration procedure of jhuggi basti at Azadpur and Lawrence Road, which have 389 jhuggis.