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Sealing: AAP says its stand vindicated, traders welcome move to amend master plan

Sealing of the commercial establishments had started on December 22 from Defence Colony Market, on the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.

delhi Updated: Jan 31, 2018 23:50 IST
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Sealing of the commercial establishments had started on December 22 from Defence Colony Market, on the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Hours after the Centre announced measures to give relief to traders from the ongoing sealing drive in the city, the Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said it had been reiterating that the Centre had to resolve the issue but “the intention was missing”.

Sealing of the commercial establishments had started on December 22 from Defence Colony Market, on the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.

“Today (Wednesday) central government’s UD Minister announced few measures to stop sealing in Delhi. This is exactly what AAP has been screening for last 2 months. Solution was with central government, the intention was missing. BJP kept misleading the people by diverting the blame on Delhi government. BJP exposed,” AAP’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said in a tweet.

Traders and shopkeepers have welcomed the proposals to provide uniform FAR in shops, allowing commercial activities in basement and reducing the penalty charges for conversion.

“It is a good proposal which would solve the issue. Both, the government and the traders, would be in a win-win situation,” said Jagdish Gupta general secretary of Defence Colony market association where upper floors of 51 shops and restaurants were sealed on December 22.

Sanjeev Mehra, president of the Khan Market Traders Association, said: “The proposals are good provided there are no riders. The authorities should also upgrade the infrastructure like drainage, parking, sewage and concentrate on safety issues.”

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) also welcomed the move to amend the Master Plan but said they are not ready to withdraw their bandh call yet.

“We thank for the intervention of the central government. DDA is holding its meeting on February 2 to discus and pass the proposals and we hope that issue will be resolved to the satisfaction of traders of Delhi. However, till it is resolved, our plan to observe a bandh in markets on February 2-3 remains on,” said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of CAIT.

AAP-backed Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) convener, Brijesh Goel said: “Our team will first go through the proposals and then take any call. As of now our 72 hours-long strike starting from February 2 is on,” Goel said.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 23:49 IST