Will Make Efforts To Complete Rehabilitation Process By April 2022 : Faridabad Municipal Corporation Tells Supreme Court

By Srishti Ojha

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The Faridabad Municipal Corporation has informed the Supreme Court that it will make all efforts to complete the process of rehabilitation with respect to the Khori Gaon demolitions by 30th April 2022, including handing over the possession of the flats to eligible applicants.

Through an affidavit filed before the Top Court, the Corporation has submitted the ‘tentative timeline schedule’ and a Housing Plan formulated for ‘rehabilitation of Jhuggi Dwellers sitting on land owned by Municipal Corporation, Faridabad’ which has been finalised and approved by the State Government on 25th August 2021.

The affidavit has been filed in pleas before the top Court in relation to the demolition of 10,000 houses that have been planned by the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad at Khori Gaon in Faridabad, Haryana.

The Corporation has informed the Court about the timeline schedule pursuant to the Court’s direction on 6th September calling upon the Corporation’s Counsel to indicate the timeline required for rehabilitating the eligible persons after due scrutiny.

Housing Plan: According to the Corporation’s Housing Plan, the eligible residents will be required to submit applications for allotment of EWS flats to Municipal Corporation Faridabad by 15th October 2021, whose preliminary scrutiny will be done by 25th October.

The preliminary scrutiny of the applications including verification of documents submitted will be followed by publishing of dates of the draw by the Corporation.

Once the draw is done, the allotment letter with terms and conditions of allotment will be issued to the eligible applicants and upon fulfilling conditions of the allotment letter, the possession of EWS flats will be handed over to them.

The Corporation has informed the top Court that to achieve this timeline, it has also floated a tender on 8th September 2021 for maintenance of EWS flats at Dabua and Bapu Nagar.

Supreme Court had on 6th September granted time to the Municipal Corporation to present a comprehensive rehabilitation scheme and examine and respond to certain suggestions made by the Court regarding provisional allotment of accommodation to the residents.

In the first week of August, the Apex Court had asked the State of Haryana to expedite the consideration of the draft policy of rehabilitation submitted by the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad with respect to the demolitions carried out in the Khori Gaon forest land, and take a final decision preferably before August 25th.

Supreme Court had on July 23rd granted four more weeks to the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad to complete the removal of unauthorised constructions on forest land in Khori Gaon in Faridabad, Haryana.

On 7th June 2021, the Supreme Court had directed the removal of all encroachments on forest land within 6 weeks in a plea seeking a stay on the demolition of 10,000 houses that has been planned by the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad at Khori Gaon in Faridabad, Haryana.

A Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar had heard the plea which has been filed by 10,000 families living in the Khori Gaon who had challenged the Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran Rehabilitation Policy to the extent that it limited the cut-off for rehabilitation to 2003, and directed for a report of compliance under the signature of the Chief Secretary and Secretary of Haryana Forest Department to be provided.

“After the certificates are provided, we will determine our own factual position. We make it clear that MCF will proceed as stated in February 2020 order and State will give necessary logistical support to enable corporation to fully evict the occupants on forest land and clear the encroachments”, directed the Court.

Case Title: Municipal Corporation Faridabad v. Khori Gaon Residents Welfare Association (Regd.) Through Its President & Ors.