Thousands Can’t Be Uprooted Overnight: SC Stays Eviction Order From Railway Land


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the Uttarakhand High Court’s decision directing authorities to remove encroachments from railway land in Haldwani.

The apex court issued a notice to the Uttarakhand government and the Indian Railway on the pleas challenging the Uttarakhand High Court’s decision to remove encroachment from the Banbhoolpura area.

The Supreme Court observed and said that “50,000 people can’t be uprooted overnight.” The case has now been listed for its next hearing on February 7.

Earlier on January 4, Advocate Prashant Bhushan mentioned the plea before the top court saying, more than 5,000 houses in Haldwani are being demolished and it is similar to the matter scheduled to be heard on Thursday.

The Uttarakhand High Court had on December 20 ordered the removal of encroachments from railway land in the Banbhoolpura area of Haldwani after giving notice to the residents one week in advance.

Led by Congress MLA from Haldwani, Sumit Hridayesh, residents of the area approached the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the High Court’s order.

A total of 4,365 encroachments will be removed from the area. Those facing eviction have been living on the land for many decades.

(With Agency Inputs) 

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