The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the planned eviction of the railways in the ‘encroached’ land in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani and said a workable arrangement has to be devised as 50,000 people can’t be uprooted overnight. In its order, the Supreme Court said the government will have to provide full rehabilitation of the people of the area. “In the meantime, there shall be a stay of the directions passed in the impugned order,” the Apex Court said barring any new construction or development on the land.
The bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Abhay S Oka said 50,000 people can not be uprooted in seven days. As Justice SK Kaul heard the matter, he said there are many aspects in the case and people have been staying in the land for years; and there are establishments. “How can you say in seven days clear them off?” Justice Kaul said, as reported by LiveLaw
The eviction was supposed to begin from January 10 based on the Uttarakhand high court order against which massive protests were going on in Haldwani. The protests by the residents who have been living in the area for decades gathered support from political parties like the Congress, Samajwadi Party, and AIMIM.
The case has now been listed for its next hearing on February 7.
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami reacted to the stay order sand said the government will proceed as per the court’s order.