With public anger growing on the sealing issue and the perception against alleged inaction of Delhi government increasing, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday asked the DDA what steps it was taking to notify the Master Plan 2021 at the earliest.
“When January 31 comes, the problem would once again become serious. What after January 31?,” Dikshit asked the top boss of DDA, Vice Chairman Dinesh Rai. Several officials from DDA and Delhi government attended the meeting.
"I still haven’t got a firm commitment from DDA as to when the MPD 2021 would be notified," Dikshit told the Hindustan Times.
Dikshit said, "There is an acute shortage of commercial space in the city. The same goes for housing. The DDA has to take the blame for this massive shortage."
The CM pointed out that there were vacant DDA land and even Delhi government land in several areas of the city. She said, a policy needs to be drawn at the earliest to use this land in a productive manner for the benefit of the displaced traders. She advised DDA, "Do not spend all energy only in auctioning of land. It should also be kept apart for rehabilitating the affected traders".
The other problem of Delhi government against the DDA was the latter’s inability to identify suitable places for those traders who come under the negative list of trade items like dealing in marble, timber and other banned trade.
"The DDA should relocate them in an area where these traders can set up their businesses," she said.
Advocating the cause of the traders, the CM said there is a government policy for rehabilitation of the slum dwellers wherein a part of the amount is paid by the land owning agency, a part by the government and a part by the beneficiary.
"We want a similar policy for the traders whose properties are sealed. They too have a right of livelihood."