Cracking down on traders who have encroached upon public land in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has issued sealing notices to a number of shops in the city. If traders fail to remove the encroachments within a week, shops that have been served notices will be sealed.
According to the civic body, a number of shopkeepers have extended their shops illegally and in the process have restricted space for the pedestrians, too.
To begin with shops in south Delhi's Central Market in Lajpat Nagar have been served notices. These shops include garment stores, electric goods stores, shoe sellers, stationery, household goods and home décor stores among others.
A survey of other markets has also been done and the civic agency will now start serving sealing notices to them as well. These include South Extension I and II, Greater Kailash I, New Friends Colony, Defence
Colony, Kalkaji Market among others. "A number of shops in the city have encroached upon public land. At many places even the footpaths have been encroached upon leaving little or no space for shoppers to walk. "We have served notices to 20 odd shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar and will initiate action soon if they fail to act," said a senior MCD official. The MCD has asked the traders to demolish any form of extensions that they have constructed on the public land on their own. A survey was conducted by the civic agency wherein the officers went around the market to ascertain which shops have encroached upon public land.
Last week the civic body's Central zone had served notices to all restaurants to install oil and grease traps as they were clogging the drains. It had also said that those who fail to act in a given time will be shut by the civic agency.