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Centre likely to move SC against sealings on Nov 1

Faced with mounting protests in Delhi, the Centre is likely to move the court to seek relief for traders from MCD action.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 15:16 IST

Faced with mounting protests over the sealing drive in the capital, the Centre on Tuesday said it was likely to move the Supreme Court on November 1 to seek relief for traders from the MCD action.

Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy also said given the present situation in Delhi it was very unlikely that the MCD drive will resume from November 1.

"We are hoping to file it tomorrow," Reddy told reporters when asked about whether the Centre would file a review petition over the court's sealing orders.

He said the Centre would request the court that traders, including those 44,000 who have filed affidavits, be provided relief under the government's mixed land use notification. Reddy said the Centre believed that its September 7 and September 15 notifications could solve the problem.

He said the MCD has written to the monitoring committee that it would not be desirable to carry out sealing in view of the present situation in Delhi.

"The MCD on behalf of the government has represented to the monitoring committee that under the prevailing conditions it would not be desirable to carry out sealing from tomorrow," Reddy said.

He maintained that the Group of Ministers were of the view that relief should be provided to all the traders facing MCD action. The minister also said there was need to issue more notifications on mixed-land use in Delhi.

"It depends on the monitoring committee whether to start the sealing drive from November 1. But it looks unlikely that it will resume tomorrow," the Minister said.

The Minister said the government will also try to expedite the process of finalisation of the 2021 Delhi master plan by the end of January next year.

First Published: Oct 31, 2006 17:29 IST