THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) market department sealed 22 shops during a raid at Palika Plaza-II after the owners failed to pay rentals and right of occupation charges despite repeated reminders.
Immediately after the raid, seven shop owners deposited the outstanding amounts. The Corporation has threatened to cancel shop allotments if the owners of the remaining sealed shops failed to follow suit.
The market department also evicted two persons occupying shops illegally during the raid with warnings that a repetition would result in legal action being initiated against them. Although one of the illegal occupants was allotted a shop he had not been granted possession, as he failed to pay the rent. The allottee, however, managed to get the shop opened after allegedly bribing the watchman.
Additional Municipal Commissioner (Revenue) K R Jain announced that a Citywide recovery drive would soon be launched to recover outstanding rental and right of occupation payments in all IMC-owned markets.
The Corporation is owed crores of rupees in unpaid rentals and lease payments for its shops at Shivaji Market, Gangwal Bus Stand, Maharaja Complex, Malwa Mill, Patnipura and opposite Cloth Market Hospital.
Chastened and embittered by its experience, the Corporation decided to wash its hands altogether and opted to auction off shops lying vacant in various markets in a single lot. Although the proposal was cleared by the Mayor-in-Council and tender bids invited, the auction is yet to take place.