The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has requested the central government to direct the Delhi government to notify 351 roads approved by the civic agency for mixed land and local commercial use.
Of these, 307 were approved by the MCD and sent for notification last year and 44 this year. Recently, the Delhi government had refused to notify 307 roads, saying they did not have parking provisions.
"The action of the Delhi government will affect thousands of small shopkeepers. Though we had approved these roads as per the yardstick fixed under the Master Plan 2021, the Delhi government still has not notified them. This is not acceptable to us," said Vijendra Gupta, chairman of the standing committee of the MCD.
On Monday, Hindustan Times had carried an article on these 307 roads that were not being notified by the Delhi government.
Traders have also condemned the action of the Delhi government and are planning to stage a protest.
"It is a disastrous step and any such move will be opposed vehemently by the traders. Non-availability of proper parking on such roads can't be a criteria to reject notification of such roads," said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). Traders are also planning to take up the matter with Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy.
"The sealing issue has become too complex and the government should declare a cut-off date. A status quo of such a date should be maintained and stringent laws should be implemented in the future so that no one can flout them," said Narender Madan, general secretary of CAIT.
Gupta said the 307 roads that have not been rejected are similar to the 2,183 roads notified by the Delhi government.