The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has served eviction notices to 45 families living in a slum area near the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host United States President Donald Trump at an event at the stadium later this month.
While the residents alleged that they have been asked to evict because of this upcoming event, the civic body has denied it.
Trump will visit Ahmedabad and New Delhi on February 24 and 25. Modi and Trump will hold a roadshow in Ahmedabad. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is also erecting a wall along the road connecting the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to Indira Bridge, allegedly to mask a slum in the city. About 1.25 lakh people are expected to attend the event at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium.
“The AMC officials who came to serve the notices asked us to vacate as soon as possible,” a 35-year-old construction worker, Teja Meda, told the newspaper. Meda claimed to have been living in the slum for 22 years. “They told us that the head of the United States is visiting Motera stadium and they wanted us to move out.”
Meda alleged that the authorities told them not to go to work on Monday as they had to be present to be served the notices. “All of us are construction workers, registered with Majur Adhikar Manch and on average, we earn Rs 300 daily,” Meda said.
About 65 families live nearly 1.5 km from the stadium. Of these 45 families, consisting of about 200 people were served the notices by the civic body’s Estate and Town Development Department. The notice says that the “encroached” land belonged to the civic body and was part of a town planning scheme. It asked the slum dwellers to evict in seven days. Though the notice was issued on Monday, it was dated February 11, according to which the deadline is Tuesday.