Mr A K Jain Commissioner Planning, DDA, Vikas Minar, IP Estate, New Delhi – 110002

Sub: Proposed demolitions Yamuna Pushta

Ref: DDA to remove remaining slum clusters in Pushta, ToI, 27.05.04 previous letters, etc

Dear Mr Jain,

From the news report1 under reference, it seems DDA will be clearing the Shantivan stretch of Pushta stretching between Belagaon and Moolchand. A "senior official" is quoted saying, "There has been no change in policy as far as this project is concerned. The new government has taken over but there are no orders to stop this drive. So, we are continuing the action".

I am writing to ask you to personally ensure that no such action is taken till you have responded to at least the following letters in the matter:

  • My letters dated 05.04.04 and 13.05.04 (which may now be read as part of para-B2(b) in my s.11A response of 13.05.04 to Public Notice No.F.20(2)2000-MP-PT.I)
  • Letter dated 09.05.04 from Moolchand seeking clarifications pursuant to assurances received from former Union Minister for Tourism for slum clearance and resettlement strictly according to law (as repeatedly requested throughout the Rajghat Pushta clearance drive).
  • Letter dated 11.05.04 seeking details of statutory provisions and schemes for cultivators’ settlements pursuant to assurances received from former Union Minister for Tourism on requests already made in this regard to DDA. Permit me to point out that these letters seek techno-legal clarifications / make suggestions within the ambit of citizens’ rights u/s 10 and s.11A of Delhi Development Act and provisions of Delhi Master Plan. Their consideration by DDA is nothing short of a right under the Act and the Plan from which DDA derives its mandate, quite regardless of changing governments.

I seek, with urgency and certainly prior to any further action by DDA in Shantivan Pushta, a meeting between those who have sought clarifications / made suggestions about it and DDA officials responsible for mandatory / proposed development activities in it. I hope that you will at least heed this request from a professional colleague.

I will have this letter hand-delivered to your office / Vikas Minar tomorrow. Please do let me know in the course of the day, on phone or by e-mail, if you are prepared to discuss the matter so that I can make my work plan for the weekend accordingly.

Yours sincerely

Gita Dewan Verma / Planner

  • 1. DDA to remove remaining slum clusters in Pushta
    TNN May 27, 2004, 01.12am IST
    NEW DELHI: DDA has sought permission from a special committee headed by Delhi government's principal secretary (home) to remove religious structures at Yamuna Pushta.

    The civic agency has cleared most of the slum clusters and offered plots to those eligible for relocation in Holambi Kalan and Bawana. However, two jhuggi clusters — Moolchand ki Basti and Belagaon — are still left. According to DDA, there are about 600 jhuggis in the two clusters and these will be removed soon.

    A senior DDA official said: "There are religious structures like temples and mosques in the area that we have not demolished yet. We have now sought the permission of a special committee that will examine whether these structures should be removed from the area. There are considerations like maintenance of law and order that need to be looked into before we initiate a demolition drive here."

    The dwellers in the remaining two clusters will also be relocated. The official said: "There has been no change in policy as far as this project is concerned. The new government has taken over but there are no orders to stop this drive. So, we are continuing the action."

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2004-05-27/delhi/28346885_1_slum-clusters-senior-dda-official-religious-structures (Retrieved 20th July, 2013)