4 Jan 2023

Haldwani Encroachment: Supreme Court To Hear Dwellers’ Plea Against Uttarakhand HC Order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a plea against Uttarakhand High Court judgement ordering the Railway and local authorities to demolish the encroachment on railway land in Ghafoor Basti located in the Banbhoolpura area of Haldwani by giving a week's notice to the encroachers. 

The bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices S A Nazeer and P S Narasimha posted the matter for hearing on Thursday after advocate Prashant Bhushan mentioned the matter.

The Uttarakhand High Court had held that the area in question is the property of the railway, and not Nazul land, as claimed by the dwellers. 

It may be noted that there are religious places, schools, business establishments, and residences built on the area which is spread over 29 acres.

Eviction notices served to occupants

It may be noted that as per various media reports, the administration has started serving eviction notices to the occupants on the strength of the HC’s order and a total of 4,365 encroachments will be removed from the area.

Several families, who have now been declared unauthorized occupants, have been living in the area for decades. The said encroachers have been strongly opposing this order and they have taken to the streets to raise their voices. 

They said it will render them homeless and jeopardize the future of their school-going children. The move will affect a large number of women, children, and the elderly.

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