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Delhi sealing is back after break

india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 13:06 IST
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Sealing of illegal commercial establishments continued on Monday after a weekend break with the focus on south and central Delhi.

"We have started the drive in Greater Kailash-I in south Delhi. Illegal establishments in south and central zone will face the sealing squad on Monday morning," said a Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) official.

The Supreme Court on November 15 had given a reprieve to traders who had filed affidavits promising to stop the misuse of their premises, saying they need to give only a written intimation to the Monitoring Committee via MCD's zonal offices.

The official said over 17,000 traders filed applications near the zonal commissioners of MCD till Sunday evening - the deadline given by the apex court.

The monitoring committee is set to submit a report on Monday in the Supreme Court on the status of applications filed by traders till November 19.

"In most probability, the monitoring committee will submit a report on the above issue before the court by this evening as the next hearing on giving reprieve to traders has been fixed as November 22," the official said.

As many as 984 commercials units have been sealed since November 8, the day civic authorities resumed the sealing drive following a Supreme Court directive.

The sealed units include guesthouses, restaurants, playschools and some government offices found to be violating Delhi's Master Plan that segregates residential and commercial areas.

On November 6, the Supreme Court had dismissed petitions filed by MCD and the central government and directed that sealing be resumed immediately.

Traders, meanwhile, continued their relay hunger strike near Raj Ghat, for the sixth day. They said the strike would go on till November 22 - the day parliament's winter session commences.

"Apart from the strike, we are going to submit a memorandum to leaders of all political parties in Lok Sabha to bring a consensus among all politicians over the issue. They need to pass the Delhi Master Plan 2021 in this session," Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders, said.

He added that they were also demanding a fresh survey in Delhi before giving shape to the new master plan. "The last survey was carried out six years back but the ground realities have changed a lot since then," he said.

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