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Sealing of illegal properties to stop from now

The Centre has asked the Delhi civic authorities to stop sealing of all unauthorised properties with immediate effect.

delhi Updated: Feb 01, 2008 20:26 IST

In a move that will bring relief to tens of thousands of traders and people in the Capital, the Centre on Friday asked the Delhi civic authorities to stop sealing of all unauthorised properties with immediate effect.

The direction puts a moratorium on sealing of encroachments and unauthorised properties in urban villages, known as lal dora areas, and unauthorised colonies till Dec 31 this year.

"Notwithstanding any judgment, decree, or order of court, steps shall be taken by the local authority, including de-sealing, to maintain status quo as on 1st day of January, 2006, in respect of encroachment or unauthorised development," the union urban development ministry said in a statement.

It means that no action will be taken against properties that have come up in the capital city before Jan 1, 2006.