Ahmedabad: Ahead of the scheduled visit of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 24, at least 45 families living in a slum near the newly-built Motera stadium in Ahmedabad have been served eviction notices by the municipal corporation. Also Read - Paan Shops Sealed To Keep Walls Clean, Dogs Caged Ahead of Donald Trump's Ahmedabad Visit
“You have encroached upon a plot of land belonging to the AMC (Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation). Evict the plot in another seven days with your household chattels, otherwise, a departmental action will be taken to evict the land. If you have to make any representation, you can do so on February 19 at 3 pm,” read the notice. Also Read - ‘More Than 1 Lakh People Will Welcome Donald Trump in Ahmedabad,' Says Vijay Rupani
The officials have maintained that the eviction has got nothing to do with Donald Trump’s visit to Ahemdabad. Residents, on the other hand, have questioned the timing of the move. Also Read - 1100 Hindu and Muslim Couples Tie the Knot At a Mass Wedding Ceremony in Ahmedabad
“They (slum-dwellers) have been served the eviction notice under the provisions of the Town Planning Act and has nothing to do with Trump’s visit. The plot belongs to the AMC,” Deputy Estate Officer (West Zone), AMC, Chaitanya Shah said.
Notably, the move comes days after the AMC began building a wall allegedly to cover a slum on a route that the US President is likely to take while visiting the city.
The slum is located alongside a road connecting Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar, around one-and-a-half km away from the Motera stadium.
With the slum being home to several people who have been living there for a decade now, the eviction has not gone down well with them as many of them have no alternative shelter if they are forced out.
PM Modi and Trump are scheduled to address over one lakh people at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera on February 24, as part of the “Namaste Trump” event. Trump is scheduled to take part in a roadshow in Ahmedabad and to visit the Sabarmati Ashram on that day.