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Demolition issue: Cong MPs want an ordinance

The group has also demanded an immediate halt of the ongoing demolition and sealing of illegal structures in the capital.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 15:16 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A group of Delhi MPs on Monday urged the Centre to issue an ordinance and enact a law to stop the spread of panic in the people.

The group has also demanded animmediate halt of the ongoing demolition and sealing of illegal structures in the capital.

"It is our firm belief that either an ordinance or a law should be introduced in Parliament forthwith to stop the sealing and demolition of various premises for a period of six months," MP from Chandani Chowk and Union Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters in New Delhi.

Sibal, along with other Congress MPs from the capital, including Krishna Tirath, Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler, and Sandeep Dikhsit issued a joint statement demanding notification of the 2021 Master Plan of Delhi and prepare a strategic plan with respect to each zone keeping in mind the needs of a community.

Sibal said he had raised the matter earlier with Union Minister for Urban Development S Jaipal Reddy and had also sought an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the issue.

Asked whether the ordinance, if issued, would lead to a standoff between the Judiciary and the Executive, Sibal replied in the negative.

"There are ways and means which I would not like to say at a press conference," he said.

The Delhi MPs also said that a PIL in which MCD was the only respondent without any representation from lakhs of affected citizens was not the best way of handling the issue.

The MPs said they felt helpless as they were unable to effectively voice the grievances of the people they represent.

First Published: Apr 03, 2006 15:16 IST