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PIL seeks permanent settlement for slum dwellers

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CUTTACK: Even as the High Court is scheduled to hear the pleas of Maa Mangala slum evictees on Tuesday, a PIL was filed on Monday urging the court for a permanent solution to all the 222 slums located in Cuttack city.

The Basti Unayan Mahasangha, which is spearheading the protest against slum eviction in the city, has filed the PIL, said the Mahasangha president and the city CPI (M) leader Subash Singh.

Meanwhile, eminent social workers visiting the temporary settlement camp of the evictees at Hadia Patha here have suggested that the slum dwellers, who eke out a living working in the city should be allowed to stay somewhere in the vicinity. Among the personalities who have expressed their solidarity with the woes of the evicted slum dwellers include Padmashree Tulasi Munda.

More than 300 families settling in the Maa Mangala slum, near SCB medical college and hospital here were forcibly evicted earlier this month and following the High Court's intervention were resettled in a nearby school building. However, when the school students resented for their studies were hampered, the HC further asked the district administration to relocate the evictees at Hadia Patha, an island inside river Mahanadi. But the evictees are reportedly passing through untold miseries at their new place of settlement which is an open field surrounded by jungles.

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