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Understanding the Act of Demolition

Demolition has multiple devastating consequences and hence has to be undertaken with utmost responsibility.


[The author would like to thank Shruti Narayan for her valuable inputs.]

Justice Madan Lokur writes:

The residents of north Delhis Jahangirpuri were witness to the shocking demolition of allegedly unauthorised structures, including roadside shops, food stalls, and a handcart on the morning of 19 April 2022. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation drove bulldozers into the colony with the assistance of hundreds of policemen to keep the peace during the operation. Residents and shopkeepers asserted that they were not given a notice of the proposed demolitions, and they approached the Supreme Court to stay the drive, which it immediately did. Similar demolitions of homes and shops have been undertaken in the recent past in Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Gujarat. There too, residents have claimed that they did not receive adequate notice of the proposed demolitions.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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