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93 units sealed in Delhi after SC criticism

Armed with adequate police force, officials of MCD on day two targeted several units in seven of the 12 zones in the city.

delhi Updated: Apr 11, 2007 22:51 IST

The Capital's civic authorities, facing stern criticism by the Supreme Court, resumed in full swing the drive against illegal commercial establishments and sealed 93 units on Wednesday.

Armed with adequate police force, officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on day two targeted several units in seven of the 12 zones in the city.

According to data issued by the civic authority, at least 93 properties were sealed including - 23 in Shahdara (south), 13 in Shahdara (north), 19 in Najafgarh, 15 in the south zone, 11 in Civil Lines, 13 in Rohini and one unit was sealed in the central zone.

"Since March 28 we have sealed 242 illegal units and will continue the drive throughout the week," MCD chief spokesman Deep Mathur said.

Police said adequate force was provided to the civic authorities for the sealing operation.

"We have given the required force to support their action," Delhi Police chief spokesperson Dependra Pathak said.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court pulled up MCD Commissioner AK Nigam and Delhi Police Commissioner KK Paul for not carrying out the drive after April 8. The court said, both the organisations lack mutual coordination.

The court directed the authorities to go ahead with the action against unauthorised commercial establishments without any further delay.

After a court order, the MCD had restarted the drive in the last week of March. However, it sought court permission to halt sealing drive April 3-7 in view of the civic elections in New Delhi.

However, authorities did not resume the drive from April 8 citing non-availability of adequate police force.

"It has become too much, everyone feels the Supreme Court is the most unimportant organisation," a court had said on Tuesday.