NAINITAL, Oct. 2, 2023 (TBINN)
Disconnecting the water and electricity connections of the residents living in the residential colony of Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited (I.D.P.L.), Hrishikesh is a cruel method to evict them, says Uttarakhand High Court.
Notably, after the closure of I.D.P.L. Plant, the government is demolishing the illegal structures in the area but the petitioners in this case have contended that they are not illegal occupants as the quarters were allotted to them when they were employees of the company. In the past High Court ordered a Stay on their eviction but now their electricity and water connections were severed. Actualky, after the expiry of the I.D.P.L. land lease, the Forest Department served eviction notices to the people living in the I.D.P.L. Colony. Residents then approached the court and secured a Stay on their eviction.
On recently severed water and electricity connections, senior citizen Gulshan Bhanot and Anni Bhatia along with M.C. Joshi, Raj Bajaj and others approached the Uttarakhand High Court. Hearing on their petition, the single bench of Justice Pankaj Purohit stated that severing their water and electricity connections was unconstitutional, adding that it was a cruel method of making them evict their residence.