Vacate slum near Nimhans in 2 weeks, HC tells dwellers

The High Court on Tuesday granted two weeks to people living in Jai Bhuvaneshwari Nagar slum near the Nimhans campus to vacate the shanties and move to their designated accommodation at Kudlu on Hosur Road.

Describing a petition by the slum dwellers against the notices issued by the Karnataka Slum Clearance Board as negative, Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri disposed it of, gave them the liberty to file a review petition.

The court directed the government and the board to address all the problems faced by slum dwellers at the designated place.

It ordered the government to set up a grievance cell to sympathetically and proactively look into the slum dwellers’ problems. Besides, it directed the government to open schools, colleges and hospitals in Kudlu and increase the frequency of buses to the place.

Two weeks have been granted to the 300-odd slum dwellers who had approached the court. The slum dwellers and non-petitioners will be issued a public notice by the board to vacate the slum in two weeks.

The bench also took note of Advocate General Ravivarma Kumar’s submission that ownership rights will be granted to the slum dwellers free of cost.

The slum dwellers had moved the court, stating they cannot vacate the slum and move to the multi-storey rehabilitation centre at Kudlu as the place lacks basic facilities like electricity, water and sanitation. They also contended that the building was constructed with substandard material.

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