21 banks, clinics told to shut shop
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday ordered 21 banks and nursing homes in Sector 19 of Noida to shut shop and directed the lessees to put their properties back to residential use in two months.delhi Updated: Dec 06, 2011 00:25 IST
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday ordered 21 banks and nursing homes in Sector 19 of Noida to shut shop and directed the lessees to put their properties back to residential use in two months.
“Banking or nursing homes or any other commercial activity is not permitted in Sector 19 and for that matter, in any sector, in the development area earmarked for ‘residential use’,” a bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar said.
The court made it clear that failure to comply with the order would result in sealing of premises and cancellation of leaseholds. Noida Authority allots plots on leasehold basis.
The order came on a batch of petitions, which sought the court’s opinion on allowing residential premises to be, wholly or partly, used by original allottee or even its transferee, for any purpose other than residential.
An SC order in 2006 had led to large-scale sealing of commercial establishments in Delhi.
Observing that lack of adoption of uniform application of law has resulted in large number of violations all over Uttar Pradesh going unnoticed, the bench said: “Time has come for development authorities to change their style of functioning and act vigilantly...”
The bench, however, allowed doctors, lawyers and architects to use 30% of the area on ground floor in their homes for running their clinics/offices subject to payment of charges determined by the development authority.
The court ordered lessees of plots to ensure the occupants carrying on commercial activities be shifted to industrial/institutional area or commercial pockets in residential sectors.
It asked the authority to consider requests for allotment of alternative spaces to these commercial establishments with priority and expeditiously.