Bullet train project-hit slum dwellers move HC, seek rehabilitation
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As many as 318 people evicted from a slum colony here to make way for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project have moved the Gujarat High Court seeking a direction to authorities to facilitate their rehabilitation.

The petition came up before a division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Biren Vaishnav on Monday.

The court directed to serve advance copies of the plea to the Western Railway, the National High Speed Rail Corporation, the implementing authority of the project, andAhmedabad Municipal Corporation. The HC has posted the matter for hearing on Thursday. In the plea by Bandhkaam Mazdoor Sangathan, a body of labourers, the affected dwellers of the JP Ni Chali slum in Sabarmati area said they lived in the slum for more than 30 years, but had been evicted by the authorities without any provision for rehabilitation and rendered homeless.

Despite a verbal assurance for rehabilitation from the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd, the Railways issued a notice.

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