After a brief hiatus, traders in the Capital on Monday resumed their anti-sealing agitation with some of their leaders courting arrest in west Delhi as they asked the Centre to bring a halt to the action being taken by the MCD against commercial establishments in DDA flats.
A delegation of about 100 traders met Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken and asked him to put a stop to sealing operations in DDA flats.
Apart from this, the traders also demanded a reduction in conversion charges, a rehabilitation package for traders falling in the “negative” list category and providing parking spaces to trade bodies on BOT basis.
Maken informed the delegation that "the government has taken serious cognizance of sealing in DDA flats and efforts are being made to provide relief to shopkeepers in such places," Confederation of All India Traders secretary general Praveen Khandelwal said.
"The MCD commissioner and vice- chairman, DDA, have been directed to approach the Monitoring Committee to bring DDA flats under the ambit of sealing relief available to shops of 20 sq m in the 24 categories of trade approved by the Supreme Court," the minister said.
"The government is considering 2-3 alternatives to provide relief to DDA flats on notified roads and for this purpose the DDA will even change the lease deed," he said.
Meanwhile, at a public meeting in Hari Nagar in west Delhi, CAIT leaders Shyam Sharma and Gurjeet Pal Singh courted arrest as a mark of protest against sealing operations.
Najafgarh tops tainted list
Over 67 acres of land owned by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has been encroached by private parties with Najafgarh zone having the dubious distinction of having the maximum area occupied. These encroachments are mostly on MCD parks.
Vacant land measuring 67.68 acres spread across the Capital has been encroached and Najafgarh tops the list with 20.48 acres in 194 sites being illegally occupied, revealed the report, prepared by a committee headed by Congress councillor Sanjay Puri.
The report was tabled in the MCD Standing Committee on Monday.
All the encroachment (3.43 acres in 78 sites) detected in Civil Lines zone of the civic body were of religious nature and were handed over to the MCD by the DDA along with horticulture services of DDA colonies, the report said.
The area and the number of sites encroached in 12 zones is as follows: Najafgarh (20.84 acres, 194 sites), west (16.81, 162), Shahdara-South (10.25, 167), south (7.02, 57), Rohini (4.53, 119), Civil Lines (3.43,78). Karol Bagh (1.94, 53), Shahdara-North (1.32, 27), Central (1.08, 32), City (0.49, three), Narela (.047, one) and Sadar Paharganj (0.26, eight).