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telegraphindia.com 09 Sep, 2021 22:45 am

Over 250,000 people evicted under Covid cover: 21 every hour

Over 250,000 people evicted under Covid cover: 21 every hour
‘Focus on projects’ takes toll

Over 250,000 people evicted under Covid cover: 21 every hour ‘Focus on projects’ takes toll There is no official data on evictions in India.21, 03:45 AM More than 250,000 people were evicted across India during the coronavirus pandemic, and millions more are at risk of being uprooted as authorities eye projects for faster economic growth, housing rights campaigners warned on Thursday.Last year alone, more than 170,000 people were removed from their homes, it said, compared with about 107,000 people the previous year.“During this lethal ÿpandemic — when people are struggling greatly to survive — acts of eviction and demolition of housing have contributed to a grave human rights and humanitarian crisis,” said Shivani Chaudhry, HLRN executive director.

Human rights experts at the United Nations in July appealed to the Indian government to end evictions during the pandemic.More than 100 cases related to evictions or rehabilitation are pending with Delhi High Court, said Anupradha Singh at the non-profit Human Rights Law Network, which represents slum dwellers in several cases.

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