Govt in tight spot over Moti Dongor hutments

 

 The government might find itself in a tight spot over the Moti Dongor hutments — six months after it gave an undertaking to the High Court to identify and demolish all illegal structures atop the hillock within six months.
The High Court has now asked the government to file detailed reply spelling out the steps they intend to initiate for the rehabilitation of the hutment dwellers since the government had declared Moti Dongor area as a slum.
The Court has also asserted that the government and the Administrator of Communidades cannot just be evicted the slum dwellers from the place of habitation. “In our view, the government having declared the area as a slum, the hutment dwellers cannot be evicted in such a manner,” the Court had said its in order, while restraining the government and the Administrator of Communidades from evicting the petitioners and from demolishing their structures until further orders.
When District Collector, N D Agrawal was asked to comment on the High Court order giving temporary relief to the beleaguered Moti Dongor residents, he said he is yet to receive a copy of the court order. “I will offer my comment on the High Court order only after receiving the High Court order,” he said.
Sources in the know, however, said that the government may find itself in a piquant situation after having filed the undertaking in a writ petition to identify and demolish all illegal structures atop the hillock. Especially, when the High Court has asked the government to take steps which they propose to take for the rehabilitation of these persons since government had declared Moti Dongor as a slum area.
Sources in the know said when the High Court had disposed off the petition filed by the Mumbai-based lawyer, Adv Sanjiv Punalykar, the question over the government notifications declaring portion of the Moti Dongor area as a slum was not taken into consideration. [H]