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MCD drive: Govt notifies roads for commercial use

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 19:35 IST
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Seeking to bring relief to traders in the capital from the MCD's ongoing sealing drive, Delhi Government on Friday, issued a notification permitting commercial activities on over 2,200 roads.

The Gazette notification covers a list of over 2,200 roads that will be designated as either commercial, mixed-use or pedestrian shopping.

The roads have been notified for commercial use following the Union Urban Development Ministry's notification last week of amendments in the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2001 allowing trading activities in residential areas of the capital.

"We are confident that commercial establishments on these roads will be saved from sealing," Delhi Urban Development Minister AK Walia said.

The roads have been notified a day after the Union Urban Development Ministry issued a corrigendum to its notification on MPD amendments, empowering Delhi Government to legalise commercial activities in residential areas.

There had been confusion regarding the notification of roads, with Delhi Government expressing its inability to notify roads for commercial use, stating that it was not empowered to do so.

The notification of roads has come a day ahead of MCD beginning a full-scale sealing drive, bringing in the ambit of the action the posh A and B categories as well as the shop owners who had given affidavit for voluntary closure of their establishments.

The MCD surveyed roads where commercial activities could be allowed and forwarded a list of streets to the Delhi Government.