New Delhi: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) said it will proceed with its anti-encroachment drive in Mehrauli as the Delhi high court didn’t mention quitting demolishing buildings in all the plots in its status-quo order. The drive began on Friday morning in the presence of police personnel and the authority has been demolishing two and three-storeyed buildings that allegedly encroached upon the lands of multiple agencies including DDA, Waqf Board, and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

“Court has not mentioned all the plots, so will return tomorrow to continue the demolition of those houses,” DDA was quoted by news agency ANI. It was referring to the Delhi high court’s order to maintain the status of 400 jhuggis of a slum colony in the area, as verified by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB).

“In light of the averments made in the petition that Ghosiya Slum Colony is a jhuggi cluster duly enlisted in the list published by DUSIB on its official website, which records 400 jhuggis, as also the 2015 policy and the fact that the respondents do not have instructions in the matter, the respondents are directed to maintain status quo concerning the 400 jhuggis verified by DUSIB, until the next date of hearing,” Justice Manpreet Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.

The demolition notice claimed that the unapproved infringement upon the Mehrauli Archaeological Park is causing an impediment to its development.

The move has been condemned by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) since DDA sent out its eviction letters last year. MLA Naresh Yadav called the drive an injustice to the people in the area.

By Archana

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