'Halt sealing till Master Plan comes into force'
They have requested the monitoring committee that no shops or trades in the capital be sealed till the Master Plan is implemented.india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 16:26 IST
With sealing of shops set to be a major issue in the upcoming MCD polls, a delegation of Delhi Congress leaders on Wednesday appealed to the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee to spare traders till the implementation of new Master Plan for Delhi.
Led by DPCC chief Rambabu Sharma, the delegation comprising MPs Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and Krishna Tirath was assured by monitoring committee member Bhure Lal that the court panel would exercise "authority with compassion" in the issue.
"We have requested the monitoring committee that no shops or trades in the capital be sealed till the Master Plan for Delhi 2021 is implemented," Sharma told reporters after the 35-minute meeting.
He said Delhi Congress also asked the committee that the 41,000 traders, who have submitted affidavits to the court for voluntary closure of their shops, be allowed to carry on with their trades and the streets notified by the MCD for conducting commercial activities be exempted till the new Master Plan comes into being.
"We were given the assurance that the committee will exercise authority with compassion and put forth our appeal before the Supreme Court," Tytler said.
"We told the panel that the traders who have submitted affidavits should not be punished for obeying the court's directions," he said.