Ground Report | New Delhi: Pakistani Hindu in Delhi; The Center has opposed a petition filed in the Delhi High Court seeking electricity connections to 200 Pakistani Hindu migrant families in North Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar.
Pakistani Hindu in Delhi
The Center has told the Delhi High Court that the camp of Pakistani Hindu families at DJB Ground is illegal. The Center has said that this is the land of the Ministry of Defense. The court had last week sent a notice to the Delhi government and the Center regarding this petition so that Hindu families who came to India from Pakistan could get relief.
The Defense Ministry has told the court that in August 2018, 70.253 acres of land was transferred to DRDO and illegal occupation is being removed continuously from here. The ministry has asked illegal colonies to cut electricity and water connections. The Defense Ministry has taken up the issue with Delhi Jal Board and North Delhi Power Limited.
Encroachment on defence land
The reply reads, “The present petition has been misconstrued as the camps established/established on the land are illegal and have been established as a result of encroachment on defence land.”
The petition, filed by Hariom through advocate Samiksha Mittal and others, said that most of the expatriates have long-term visas and Aadhaar cards, but the power company has said that Aadhaar can be used as an identity proof. Cannot be used as proof of occupancy of premises. In the petition filed last month, the court was told that the power company has refused to provide the connection to them due to a lack of valid ownership proof of the applicable address.
The petitioner had said that he approached various government officials but could not succeed in getting electricity for the migrants and some of them also applied to Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, which was turned down on the ground that the applicable A valid ownership proof of address was required.
The petition claimed that most of the expatriates were staying on long-term visas and they also have Aadhar cards with the same address at which they are currently residing, as a result of which their possession was proved.