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‘Renew notification on sealing’

The legislative wing of the MCD has demanded the urban development ministry to come up with a new notification after the Delhi laws (Special Provision) Act 2009 that provided immunity from sealing and demolition action in rural and urbanised areas.

delhi Updated: Jan 20, 2011 00:23 IST
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The legislative wing of the MCD has demanded the urban development ministry to come up with a new notification after the Delhi laws (Special Provision) Act 2009 that provided immunity from sealing and demolition action in rural and urbanised areas. The old notification expired on December 31.

The BJP-led MCD blamed the Centre and Delhi governments for failing to find out a permanent solution to the problems of sealing and demolition in the city's special areas, rural areas and unauthorised colonies.

Leader of the House in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Subhash Arya said this has left the sword of demolition hanging over residents in these areas. They are neither able to repair or rebuild their houses nor is the MCD able to sanction their building plans, he said.

He added that the Congress government has from time to time issued notification to prevent sealing and demolition in Delhi's 'Special Areas', unauthorised colonies, rural areas, slum clusters and farmhouses. However, the term of the last notification ended on December 31 last year.

The BJP leader said he has raised the matter with the union urban development minister earlier. In a letter on October 6, 2010, he had written that necessary amendments should soon be made in Master Plan for Delhi-2021 so that a permanent solution can be found.

Arya had also requested that the Central government issue a notification to stop sealing and demolitions till December 31, 2011, before the amendment is made.

However, he said, the issuing of notification on a regular basis results in building up of avoidable tension and rise in corruption. "Therefore, the Central government should take prompt action in this regard," said Arya.