Plea in HC over plan to raze 3 shel­ter homes

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: An NGO ap­proached Delhi high court on World Home­less Day, al­leg­ing that the Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity plans to raze three shel­ter homes for the poor in east Delhi.

While ef­forts by the NGO — Cen­tre for Holis­tic De­vel­op­ment — to men­tion the mat­ter in court couldn’t ma­te­ri­alise since the court had risen for the day by then, a pe­ti­tion is likely to be filed on Fri­day along with a plea for ur­gent men­tion­ing.

Su­nil Ku­mar Ale­dia, head of the NGO, al­leged that shel­ter homes built on or­ders of HC in 2010 by Delhi Ur­ban Shel­ter Im­prove­ment Board were tar­geted by the civic agency in Mayur Vi­har where it caters to a pop­u­la­tion of 7,000 odd per­sons.

Ac­cord­ing to the NGO, they re­ceived fran­tic calls from res­i­dents of Chilla Khadar area ac­cus­ing DDA of car­ry­ing out the de­mo­li­tion ac­tiv­ity. “Some toi­lets have al­ready been de­mol­ished while the shel­ter homes face de­mo­li­tion ac­tion soon,” the or­gan­i­sa­tion al­leged.

The plea is ex­pected to be taken up for hear­ing on Fri­day.

Last year, on Ale­dia’s plea, the high court had stayed clo­sure of 38 tem­po­rary shel­ter homes dur­ing the win­ter sea­son. It had di­rected DUSIB to main­tain sta­tus quo with re­gard to the night shel­ters it was propos­ing to shut down.

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