The Delhi High Court Monday came to the rescue of 21 Kashmiri migrants who were forced to leave their shops in a south Delhi market following the construction of Delhi Metro.
Justice S. Muralidhar pulled up the urban development ministry and other civic agencies on why no arrangement was made to allocate shops to the 21 Kashmiri migrants till date.
The court asked the secretary of the urban development ministry and home ministry to appear before it with a positive outcome to this problem, and posted the case for Feb 24.
Twenty-one Kashmiri migrants were displaced in 2007 from the INA market due to the Metro construction.
The petitioners have said that they were displaced with an assurance that they will be allocated shops but have not been given anything so far.
However, civic agencies contended that the Kashmiri migrants have actually encroached upon the land and that’s why they were being removed.
However, the court did not seem convinced by the government’s submission, and said: “A positive outcome should come and they should be allocated some place in the capital at the earliest.”
All the migrants had come to the capital in 1990.