N Rlys seek to remove slums near the railway tracks

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New Delhi, Mar 27(UNI) Northern Railways have approached the Delhi High Court to allow them remove the 'jhuggies' from an area 15 m from the railway tracks in Delhi.

The Court, however, refused to comment on the petition now, and posted the matter to March 31.

A bench comprising Justices T S Thakur and Siddarth Mridul lashed out at the railway authorities who wanted the 'jhuggies' at Inder Puri J J Cluster to be pushed back 15 m away from the railway track, as people regularly squat there causing accidents.

Justice Thakur said, ''It is you(railway Authorities) who have all the staff, gaurds and infrastructure but are not vigilant about your own land. How can anybody occupy your land? Something has to be done so that we do not have such ugly situation in the future.'' Mr Rajesh Kumar, lawyer for Inder Puri J J cluster said the occupants are residing there since 1980 and government has promised to rehabilitate them. MCD has also assured the court that they will provide alternate land to the displaced people.


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