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Govt seeks modification of orders on sealing

Centre moves SC seeking modification of its directives prohibiting further notification for converting residential premises for commercial use.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2006 10:25 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Facing the daunting task of implementing orders on sealing unauthorised businesses in the national capital, the Centre has moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of its directives which prohibit further notification for converting residential premises for commercial use.

The urban development ministry filed an application in the apex court that also requested that it dispense with the requirement for traders to file affidavits as covered under the controversial September 7 notification allowing commercial activity in residential areas.

A bench headed by Chief Justice YK Sabharwal had on September 29 made operational the September 7 and 15 notifications allowing commercial activities in residential areas pending the outcome of their validity.

The court had directed those covered under the notifications to give an undertaking before November 10 to the Monitoring Committee that misusers would be stopped if the Delhi Laws (Special Protection) Act of 2006 and notification were quashed.

The ministry said administrative difficulties were likely to arise in implementation and "it would be an extremely difficult and a Herculean task for all such establishments to complete the process of tendering of undertakings within such a short period".

It said the condition that undertakings should contain certificates from registered architects that commercial activities could be carried out only from the ground floor, was a difficult exercise in view of the shortage of architects in the capital.

The application said the limited number of working days too was coming in the way of implementing the orders.

First Published: Oct 15, 2006 10:25 IST