With the Supreme Court declining the relief sought for traders from sealing, the Union Urban Development Ministry (UDM) would examine the options of putting on fast track Master Plan 2021 and legislative measures, sources close to the Urban Development Minister said.
Apart from the 44,000 traders who have filed affidavits stating they would shut down their shops, traders who have their establishments on 1,000 road stretches and streets that were awaiting notification (as commercial or mixed-land-use stretches) face sealing action when the October 31 deadline expires.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), under the supervision of the monitoring committee, will resume sealing operations from November 1. The affected shops include those on Lala Hans Raj Gupta Marg and the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road.
The Union ministry also wanted the court to exempt the four lakh traders who have their establishments along the 2,183 notified road stretches and streets, from filing affidavits undertaking to abide by the final verdict of the court on the validity of the notifications of September 7 and September 15. This too was disallowed by the Supreme Court and only the deadline for filing applications has been extended to December 31.
The legal options being examined by the UDM include bringing out an ordinance or putting the anti-sealing law beyond the purview of judicial scrutiny by bringing it under the IXth Schedule. The options were also discussed in the meetings of Group of Ministers.
Sources in the ministry, meanwhile, say that the Master Plan has many infirmities that need to be addressed through a number of peer reviews.
Many areas shown as ‘urbanisable’ in the Master Plan are actually already built up and have unauthorised colonies on them. Bringing the Master Plan in tune with ground reality is a huge task, sources in the ministry said.