The sealing squad of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) targeted shops of traders who have still not paid their conversion and parking charges on Thursday. Action was taken on 12 properties including showrooms, commercial complexes, shops, offices among others.
A total of nine properties were sealed in central zone of the civic agency while four were sealed in south zone.
“Action was taken on nine properties located on the Lajpat Nagar stretch. All these traders have not paid their conversion and parking charges, which is mandatory under the Master Plan of Delhi (2021). We have been sending notices to them asking them to deposit the charges but they haven’t done it so far. We had no option but to seal their properties,” said a senior MCD official.
The civic agency said that the drive will intensify in the coming few days.
“Big fish like TV show rooms and garments show rooms have also been targeted. These misusers were issued prior notices to deposit the charges but despite sufficient time being given, they did not do so,” added the official.
In addition, south zone officials sealed two properties in Chhattarpur and Chhattrpur Enclave for unauthorised construction and a farmhouse for holding social functions without permission.
The farmhouse has been sealed following recommendation of the Delhi Police, they said. “On Wednesday, we had sealed one building in Munirka, wherein commercial activity was being carried out but conversion charges had not been deposited,” added the official;
In the past two months, the civic agency has sealed a total of 500 properties whose owners have not paid conversion and parking charges.
In the past three days, the south zone of the civic agency has collected a total of Rs. 2 crore as conversion charges.
The civic agency has collected a total of Rs. 759 crore as conversion and parking charges from owners who have been operating from the 2,538 stretches notified as either commercial or mixed land use under the Master Plan of Delhi 2021.