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Traders write to prime minister Modi over Delhi sealing

The letter with a 13-point charter of demands has been sent to the prime minister by the Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI), which claims to be an umbrella body of 750 traders’ organisations in the Capital.

delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2018 00:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The three municipal corporations of Delhi are sealing shops and restaurants across markets for either not misusing residential premises for commercial purposes or for unauthorised constructions, under the supervision of the Supreme Court-monitored committee.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

A group of traders’ associations affiliated with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have written Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the ‘problems’ arising due to the ongoing sealing drive and the proposed amendments in the Delhi Master Plan by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

The letter with a 13-point charter of demands has been sent to the prime minister by the Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI), which claims to be an umbrella body of 750 traders’ organisations in the Capital. They have sought an appointment to discuss the issue, particularly the ‘confusing’ amendments proposed in the master plan .

“Over seven lakh traders have been affected by the sealing drive. The DDA’s solution of amending the master plan doesn’t seem a relief as well. We have sought a meeting with the prime minister so that the issue is taken up as soon as possible,” said Brijesh Goel, convener of AAP’s trade wing and CTI.

The three municipal corporations of Delhi are sealing shops and restaurants across markets for either not misusing residential premises for commercial purposes or for unauthorised constructions, under the supervision of the Supreme Court-monitored committee.

After resentment among traders and opposition from AAP, the DDA approved proposals to provide uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential complexes, reduce penalties on conversion charges and regularise godowns by amending the Delhi Master Plan 2021 that will be notified after scrutiny of objections till February 7.

”The late fees penalty and interest on conversion and parking charges should be withdrawn,” the traders said in the letter — one of their 13 demands.

One demand is about not having conversion charges for using residential premises for commercial purposes in special areas of the Walled City.

“FAR should be 400 and the condition of facility with uniform FAR should not be withdrawn,” the letter said. They suggested that a committee of officers from DDA, MCD, L-G office, Union ministry of housing and urban affairs ministry and traders’ representatives should be constituted to resolve the sealing issue.

“Please give us valuable time to discuss the issue,” said the letter.

Another group of traders under the banner of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) wrote to lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal on Monday, seeking an appointment to discuss the alleged shortcomings in DDA’s amendment proposals.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 00:08 IST