NEW DELHI: Businessmen from over two dozen industrial clusters in the city on Wednesday urged the Delhi government to restrain the MCDs from collecting conversion charges in the industrial areas and sealing properties for non-payment.
Citing provisions under the Delhi Industrial Development, Operation and Maintenance Act, 2010 (DIDOM Act) that came into force from March 28, 2011, the traders told industries minister Satyendar Jain that the government must ensure that all industrial clusters come completely under the DSIIDC.
The demand by traders comes at a time when the AAP government and the BJP-ruled MCDs have been locking horns over financing and functioning of the civic bodies.
As per the mandate, property owners in an industrial cluster willing to change the land use of property from industrial to commercial need to pay conversion charge to the DSIIDC. The traders informed the minister that a factory owners’ forum has also moved court over the issue and the Delhi high court has issued notice to the municipal corporations.
“The factory owners requested the minister to ensure that both the government and the traders be on the same page before the court. The DIDOM Act clearly mandates that all powers on industrial units rests with the DSSIDC. But the MCDs have continued to interfere by collecting conversion charges and sealing properties,” said Brajesh Goyal, convenor of AAP traders’ wing.
The minister assured the traders of co-operation, Goyal said. The next hearing in the high court is scheduled for July 13.