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Bandh or no bandh, sealings to go on

The SC panel issued directions to the MCD and handed a list of establishments to be sealed.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2006 14:33 IST

The sealing of unauthorised commercial establishments in residential areas of the capital will continue on Friday, notwithstanding a bandh called by traders to protest the court-ordered action.

The Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee has issued directions to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in this regard and has handed over a list of establishments to be sealed during the day.

"Sealing is on. Bandh will not have any affect on the operations," official sources said, adding the drive is likely to resume in a posh south Delhi colony.

Traders' associations have called for a bandh in the city on Fridayto protest the resumption of the sealing drive.

The traders will take out a 'shanti march' from Town Hall, the MCD headquarters, to the Delhi Assembly.

The controversial drive has so far targeted big shops and malls in south Delhi, with the civic body has sealed 237 commercial establishments after the action was resumed two days ago.

The MCD has been carrying out the action in south Delhi areas and so far has covered areas like Ashram, Lajpat Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave and Bhikhaji Cama Place.

Sealing teams, accompanied by a large posse of security personnel, had sealed the popular Haldiram's outlet, Jagdish Furnishing Store, Regency Guest House and Air Hostess Academy at Lajpat Nagar on the Ring Road.

Meanwhile, the three-member panel has permitted telecom regulator TRAI to operate from a building in South Delhi, which was sealed, for one more month.

First Published: Nov 10, 2006 09:56 IST