Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 24
After a delay of over one year, the Chandigarh Administration is all set to vacate the slum dwellers from Colony No. 4 next month.
Over the last six months, the Administration allotted flats at Maloya to a majority of slum dwellers.
Sources said earlier, the drive was postponed due to cold weather. A public notice has already been issued for the removal of slum dwellers from the colony.
Sources said senior UT officials, including Adviser Manoj Kumar Parida, visited the site last week and assessed the situation ahead of the drive.
Sources said the office of the Deputy Commissioner had written to the Police Department to provide sufficient force to carry out the drive.
The colony is the second biggest after Colony No. 5, which was razed in 2013. There were over 7,000 dwelling units in Colony No. 5 while Colony No. 4 has around 5,000.
Hari Shankar Mishra, a resident of the colony, said they would oppose the move of the Administration to demolish the colony because many families were yet to be rehabilitated. He said new residence proofs were being sought by officials for the allotment, which was wrong. The action should start after all eligible residents were allotted flats.
In the past 10 years, the Administration, with the help of the Union Ministry of the Urban Development, has constructed around 25,000 flats in different sectors of the city for rehabilitation of slum dwellers. The rehabilitation scheme was launched to make the city slum free.
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