In five days of sealing, East Delhi civic body collects Rs 12 cr as fine

EDMC had, on August 16, initiated the sealing drive for alleged misuse of residential premises for running factories on the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. The sealing drive started in Vishwas Nagar.

delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2018 03:02 IST
HT Correspondent
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The civic agency had served sealing notices to 1,970 defaulters and received replies from 1,000 factories owners.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Within five days of initiating sealing action against factories running illegally from residential complexes in Vishwas Nagar, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has recovered over Rs 12 crore as misuse charge (fine).

EDMC had, on August 16, initiated the sealing drive for alleged misuse of residential premises for running factories on the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. The sealing drive started in Vishwas Nagar after the monitoring committee visited the residential area on August 3 and found rampant violation of norms.

Following the monitoring committee’s inspection, the civic agency had served sealing notices to 1,970 defaulters and received replies from 1,000 factories owners.

“While the sealing action started from August 16, our teams started inspecting misused premises and issuing notices soon after the visit of monitoring committee members. This forced defaulters to shift from the place and deposit the misuse charge,” said a senior EDMC official.

“The ‘misuse charge’ is the amount taken for the period when the property is being misused. It is submitted on the basis of the self assessment made by factory owners,” said BM Mishra, deputy commissioner, EDMC.

Between August 14 and August 21, EDMC has collected Rs 12.11 crore as misuse charge from 864 owners. Prior to this, the agency has recovered Rs 29.7 lakh from 46 people between August 6 and August 13.

Officials from the buildings department are now visiting the residential flats, which were declared as vacant by factory owners through an affidavit filed last week. “Our teams are verifying these addresses, whether they have shifted or not, demanding an affidavit and recovering misuse charge (which is 1.5 times the conversion charges) from them. After that, we will remove them from the list of defaulters,” said an official.

Till Tuesday night, it has sealed 102 units and the action will continue on Thursday.

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 03:02 IST