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Another amnesty petition on cue

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 15:32 IST

The Union Urban Development Ministry will move a review petition in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking relief for traders.

The stand taken by the Ministry is that the traders who have filed their affidavits ought to be treated at par with those traders who have been given time till January 31 to file their affidavits. Over 30,000 traders who have filed affidavits are covered by the September notifications allowing commercial and mixed land-use on 2, 183 roads and streets, the review petition says. The time till January 31 would be utilised to finalise and notify Master Plan 2021 that is being seen as the panacea for traders facing sealing action.

Earlier in the day speaking to newspersons, Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy said that the tense law and order situation was not conducive to resumption of sealing operations. He, however, went on to add that the final decision will have to taken by the Supreme Court and the Monitoring Committee functioning under the court's supervision.

He maintained that the Group of Ministers was of the view that relief should be provided to all the traders facing MCD action. The minister also said there was need to issue more notifications on mixed land-use in Delhi.

Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken said that a view could be taken on closing the few thousand shops that do not get benefit from the notifications dated September 7 and 15. Ministry officials said that the review petition is likely to be taken up for hearing next week. They added that if all traders are given relief till January 31, the Ministry would get sufficient time to expedite the notification of the new Master Plan. The committees set up by the Ministry to look into constructions in the 'lal dora' area, farmhouses and DDA flats would also be in by then and can be incorporated in the new Master Plan.

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