Showrooms located in South Extension market are once again facing the heat of sealing with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) identifying a number of shops constructed beyond the sanctioned building plan.
On Thursday, the sealing department of central zone sealed Big Jo's, one of the biggest departmental stores on the street. Big Jo's was sealed in June, but later the Supreme Court monitoring committee gave 25 days to the owner to comply with the sanctioned building plan.
"Since the owner didn't comply with the order we sealed the showroom again on Thursday. We have identified more such showrooms on the same street and action would be taken against them as well," said a senior MCD official, requesting anonymity.
The civic agency said its building department has conducted a survey of the entire market to find out if any illegal construction is being carried out and rules of Masterplan of Delhi, 2021, are being violated.
Properties that are found to be standing in violation of the rules will be sealed.
The MCD will also initiate demolition action, if needed. "Although the South Extension main road has been notified a commercial street, owners are required to comply with the conditions of the Masterplan," the officer added.
The agency will send a report to a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee formed to look into issues of misuse of residential premises. South Extension - one of Delhi's busiest shopping hubs and home to the big clothing, accessory and furniture brands - is under the scanner from quite some time. "We have been issuing notices to property owners for illegal construction and misuse of property. Since they are not complying with the orders, we are bound to seal them," the officer said.
Besides, the MCD has also demolished nearly 20 properties in a week in Kalkaji, Nehru Nagar, Kotla Mubarakpur and Bhoghal area of Central zone.