Sealing aquads might return to haunt shops and commercial establishments along 2,183 roads, which had got relief from the municipal authorities last year.
The monitoring committee appointed by the Supreme Court to look into the issue of illegal commercialisation in residential areas has challenged the MCD’s decision to allow commercial activities along these roads.
If the Supreme Court agrees with the monitoring committee, shops in major markets like Lajpat Nagar, South Extension, Greater Kailash and Kamala Market will face sealing action.
The MCD, which carried out two surveys of these 2,183 roads, had argued that these stretches should be categorised as either commercial or of mixed land use because of heavy commercialisation. “As per our parameters, any stretch carrying out any type of non-residential activity be it banks, clinics, or other professionals are to be treated as non-residential in nature,” the MCD said. That and retail shops make the necessary 70 per cent commercialization for the area to be called mixed land, which in turn will qualify for sealing exemption.
But the monitoring committee says only retail shops are to be treated as non-residential in nature. “If we follow the monitoring committee’s guidelines, status of thousands of roads will get changed,” said a senior MCD official. Both MCD and monitoring panel will file their affidavits in the Supreme Court in two days. The case will come up before the court on July 7.