Traders in the city now have a month’s time to pay conversion charges to ensure their establishments are not sealed. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has also decided to come up with the rates that the local shopping centres need to pay.
HT, on May 28, had reported about the fact that although the MCD had decided to start the sealing drive, it had not informed the traders how much they were supposed to pay.
“Traders can pay conversion charges till June 30. We have decided that no units will be sealed until then,” said MCD’s Additional Commissioner R K Srivastava.
Several councillors had raised the issue of sealing at a meeting of the standing committee. The new chairman of the MCD standing committee, Yogender Chandolia, had said traders who wanted to pay the conversion fee should be given time to do so. “The system of collecting the charges at the MCD zones should be streamlined. We do not want to put additional burden of sealing on the citizens,” he said.
The Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee on sealing had earlier directed the MCD to begin sealing from June 1 those shopping centres that hadn’t paid the conversion charges. The committee had also asked the MCD to demolish all illegal construction carried out by the owners.