40 Families Left Homeless after CPWD Demolishes Houses in Delhi's Kutta Basti

Reported by

Siddhant Kalra

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Published on

December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017

Updated on

December 20, 2017

Location of Conflict

Kutta Basti, Mata Sundari Lane

New Delhi

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Urban Development (Other than Smart Cities)

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People Affected by Conflict

192

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1

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Starting Year

2017

State

Delhi

Sector

Infrastructure

Houses in Kutta Basti, a slum in Mata Sundari Lane, was demolished in the early hours on November 29, 2017. The demolition drive was conducted by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD). While the slum dwellers alleged that they were not given prior notice of the demolition, the CPWD claimed that the _basti _residents were given multiple notices. One resident claimed that the notices were meant only for a small portion of the plot. The slum dwellers claim to have been living in the _basti _for at least 30 years. Dharampal, one of the residents, has maintained a file of all the records of the displaced persons, which includes bills and Aadhar Cards with the address of the basti. At present, the plot where Kutta Basti once stood is full of debris from the demolition, while the DMC is building a wall around it. A group of private contractors claim that a small portion of the land has been allotted to the Art of Living Foundation.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for rehabilitation

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Delhi Slum & JJ Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy, 2015
Section 2(a)(i) [Jhuggis which have come up in JJ Basti before January 1, 2015, shall not be demolished without providing alternate housing to the residents]; Section 2(a)(iii) [The DUSIB shall provide alternate accommodation to those living in JJ Bastis either on the same land or in the vicinity within a radius of five kilometres]
National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2011
Section 3(1)(a) [The Union government shall make policies and guidelines for the orderly relocation and rehabilitation of slum dwellers in a sustainable, planned and humane manner]
Waqf Properties Lease Rules, 2014
Section 10 [All lessees shall pay to the lessor rent for the agreed upon time period in monthly or annual installments]; Section 21(1)(iii) [The lessee shall promptly pay the electricity charges, water charges and other duties and cess]; Section 25 [Any notices sent under this Act shall be given in writing]
Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971
Section 4 [Requires the estate officer to issue a notice of show cause against proposed eviction]; Section 5 [An order of eviction shall only be made after an opportunity has been given to the unauthorised occupant to show cause after a personal hearing]
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

No

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-rehabilitation of displaced people

Forced evictions/dispossession of land

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

No

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

No

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Central Public Works Department, Delhi Waqf Board, Delhi Police, Municipal Corporation of Delhi

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Art of Living

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