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MCD will again go to SC, seeking relief

Centre on Monday directed MCD to approach SC again to seek permission to notify about 1,000 more roads as commercial and mixed land-use stretches, reports Aruna P Sharma.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 01:49 IST

The Centre on Monday directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to approach the Supreme Court again to seek permission to notify about 1,000 more roads as commercial and mixed land-use stretches.

The Supreme Court, in its order on September 29, had categorically asked the government not to bring out any further notification on mixed land-use without first putting it up before the apex court.

The court said that it would decide on the validity of the two notifications (September 7 and September 15) declaring 2,183 road stretches and streets as commercial and mixed land-use areas.

All non-conforming business and trade establishments will have to give undertakings to abide by the final verdict of the court and January 31 is the last day for filing such affidavits.

The Centre, meanwhile, says that it will find a solution before the January 31 deadline.

After the Group of Ministers met on Wednesday evening, Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy told mediapersons that the MCD will be asked to prepare a list of additional roads that can be notified as commercial and mixed land-use stretches.

The MCD can then seek clearance from the SC.

A random survey carried out by the MCD earlier had identified about 1,000 such roads in addition to the 2,183 road stretches and streets notified on September 15 by the Delhi government.

Municipal Commissioner Ashok Nigam had told the apex policy making body of the corporation also that clarification will have to be sought from the Supreme Court in view of the bar on further notification.

Reddy welcomed the relief given by the Supreme Court to the 18,000 traders and said that it was for the first time that the government had gone to court seeking relief for the people.

He said that the government will give assistance to big shops and establishments to create parking space in order to carry on with their trade in pursuance of the specific directives issued by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

He further said that in the A and B category colonies, only businesses on Master Plan roads will be allowed to continue.

Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken has, meanwhile, said that the anti-sealing law will not be put in the ninth schedule and solution will be found without resorting to such a measure.

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