Respite for slum dwellers as Centre says no coercive steps



New Delhi

The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that no coercive steps will be taken against the slum dwellers, until a decision is taken by the government on the issue of removal of 48,000 slums along the railway tracks in Delhi.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice S  A Bobde that the government is still deliberating on the issue and assured that until a decision is taken, there will be no coercive steps.

After a brief hearing in the matter, the bench, which also comprised Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, adjourned the matter for four weeks after taking on record the Centre’s submissions.

During a brief hearing, the Chief Justice inquired as to the number of residents in these slums along the railway tracks, and senior advocate Collin Gonsalves responded that it runs into lakhs.

On Sept 14, Mehta had informed the top court that for the time being, there will be no removal of 48,000 slums.