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Khori village eviction: Aadhaar to be taken into account for provisional allotment, SC. Is said

By PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said that Aadhaar card will be one of the documents used by the Faridabad Municipal Corporation for making provisional allotment under the rehabilitation scheme to eligible applicants of Khori village, where unauthorized structures come under Aravalli. The forest area has been removed.

As an interim arrangement, the apex court directed the civic body to process applications with Aadhaar card if required to make provisional allotment subject to verification of the applicant.

A bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari made it clear that the temporary allotment of flats to EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) will not create any right in favor of the individual unless he is compulsorily eligible under the rehabilitation scheme. does not install.

“At present, as an interim arrangement, we direct the Corporation to process the applications, if accompanied by Aadhar card, for the purpose of making provisional allotment, subject to verification of the applicant and unauthorized structures demolished during demolition. Regarding. action,” the bench said.

The bench said the observation was made after hearing the advocates appearing for the civic body and some petitioners raising the issue of rehabilitation on the question of the nature of evidence to be submitted along with the application under the rehabilitation scheme.

The top court said that the Aadhaar card would be in addition to other documents prescribed under the scheme.

“Aadhaar can be one of the documents to be kept in mind for provisional allotment,” the bench said.

Regarding the complaint made by some of the petitioners regarding the functioning of the official e-portal of the corporation, the bench observed that certain corrective measures have already been taken and the civic body may take necessary steps to ensure that the deficiencies are addressed. has been indicated. Earlier opportunities could have been dealt with appropriately.

The bench has fixed October 22 for the next hearing of the matter.

The top court had on September 27 asked the municipal corporation to file an affidavit on suggestions and details on additional documents that would be allowed to decide eligibility for rehabilitation of people displaced after demolition of encroachment on Aravalli forest land in Khori village. can be given. In a recent status report filed in the apex court, the municipal corporation has given details including the revised timelines for the process of allotment under the rehabilitation scheme to eligible applicants of ‘jhuggis’.

A total of 2,583 applications have been received till September 29 and 360 applicants have taken temporary possession of flats till September 30, it said.

The report said that as per the direction of the apex court, the rehabilitation timeline has been changed and the last date for submission of applications is now November 15 and the final allotment letters will be issued on December 15.

The corporation said that it has also accepted the suggestion of reducing the initial payment for the flat from Rs 17,000 to Rs 10,000 and increasing the repayment period from 15 to 20 years.

It said that the policy in this regard would be suitably amended after the approval of the state government.

The report said the civic body had conducted a drone survey of unauthorized structures in the Khori ‘jhuggi’ to plan a phased demolition drive and had identified a total of 6,663 units/structures based on the number of terraces as counted from the drone images. .

On June 7, the top court had directed the Haryana and Faridabad Municipal Corporations to remove “all encroachments” in the Aravalli forest area near the village, which included about 10,000 residential constructions, saying that the ‘rule of law grabbing land’. cannot take shelter of ‘ and talks of ‘fairness’.

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