Supreme Court on Haldwani case: Bulldozer will not run on encroachment of railway land
In a major relief to over 4,000 families in Haldwani, the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the eviction order of the Uttarakhand High Court regarding the Haldwani eviction case that has been going on for some time now.
It is noteworthy that today the apex court said that without checking the rights of the occupiers, a large number of people cannot be removed by use of force. Describing it as a humanitarian problem, the Supreme Court said that some way should be found to remove and rehabilitate the encroachers. So that such a big problem does not come to the fore.
Local residents claim that there are about 25,000 voters in the 78-acre area, including many elderly and pregnant women, as well as 15,000 children.
The Uttarakhand High Court, while giving its verdict on December 20, had said that it had ordered the demolition of the construction on the encroached railway land. It directed that a week’s notice be given to the encroachers. In the context of which the administration had also published a notice in the newspaper. Only after that the encroachments should be broken.
The residents claimed that the land they had was theirs. They expressed hope that the apex court will consider the fact that they were living on the land for 100 years and pass judgment in their favour.
Nainital District Magistrate DS Garbyal said that preparations are being made to remove the encroachment. “It is the order of the High Court, it has to be followed.” Haldwani SDM Manish Kumar said that the residents of the area have been informed about the court order and the process to remove the encroachments is likely to start from January 10.
Officials were inspecting near Haldwani railway station following Uttarakhand High Court’s order against encroachment. Meanwhile, residents of Banbhulpura took out a candle march on Tuesday to register their protest and press for their demands.
However, as of now, the demolition drive has been postponed for a month till next hearing.