After getting the views of the traders of the city last week, the Delhi Cabinet on Monday met the representatives of the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) to find a formula acceptable to all the stakeholders in the sealing imbroglio.
The 90-minute session of the Delhi Cabinet with around 150 representatives of RWAs threw several suggestions. Some of the RWAs suggested that even in the A and B category colonies, shops selling daily necessities should be allowed. Others wanted the small shops to continue but with provision for parking.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the RWAs have submitted constructive inputs. "We have got inputs from the traders and the RWS - the stakeholders in the problem and will summarise it and forward it to the Union Urban Development Ministry and the Group of Ministers," Dikshit told Reporters after the meeting.
The representatives of RWAs told the government that the root cause of problems is the multiplicity of authorities in Delhi, which has diluted accountability and led to vast commercialization of residential areas and encroachments on government land. Some of them repeated what they have been saying in the past. "Vast commercialisation has disturbed their peaceful social life and there is no parking space for their vehicles," was the general opinion.
The representatives of RWAs described themselves a "silent majority" of Delhi. They clarified that they have sympathies with traders and their employees as sealing drive, without any proper rehabilitation, would lead to large-scale unemployment.
The suggestions of the RWAs included, construction of convenient Shopping Centres in every colony, permission for professional activities in residential areas, inclusion of more trades in the list of 22 approved trades, immediate allotment of vacant DDA shops and construction of commercial complexes quickly on earmarked commercial land.
Some of the representatives asked for full statehood for Delhi with control over police, DDA and land, which they described, is a most reasonable demand of Delhiites in present circumstances.
The other suggestions submitted by the representatives include removal of all encroachment from right of way and government land, re-survey for declaration of notified roads, settlement of migrants only in outer skirts of the city and permission for play schools and crèches in residential colonies.