In a day of increased political activity in the wake of sealing, dispute on hefty conversion charges and regularisation of unauthorised colonies, a delegation of the Delhi Congress met Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy. Another delegation of MLAs led by outer Delhi MP Sajjan Kumar met the court appointed Monitoring Committee to appeal for relief from sealing.
The DPCC memorandum to Reddy requested for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies and also to solve other problems concerning the traders and other citizens of Delhi. After the meeting, DPCC president Ram Babu Sharma said they asked for reduction in the proposed conversion charges for continuing business activities in notified commercial streets and also to make provision for payment in lump sum. The memorandum also asked for reduction in the charges of regularisation of unauthorised constructions in residential areas.
On the regularisation of the unauthorised colonies, the DPCC delegation suggested regularisation without any development charges as was done in 1977. It also sought relief for the shops operating from the DDA flats from sealing.
Sharma claimed that Reddy agreed with the suggestion of the delegation that conversion charges to be levied on commercial establishments will be reduced and will be considered to be charged in one installment only in lump sum and assured the delegation that 24 types of activities will be allowed to be continued from DDA flats measuring 20 metre.
Reddy made it clear that the revenue accruing on account of conversion charges will be kept separately area wise and will be spent on the development of such areas only.
The delegation of outer Delhi MLAs led by Sajjan Kumar sought relief for the villages from sealing and identification of the land use of the rural roads.
The NCP too demonstrated at Raj Ghat saying that the conversion charges be reduced to 10 per cent of the proposed rates. "The conversion charges should be brought down immediately, rural areas exempted from sealing and new policy formulated for the villages," said Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, NCP state unit president.