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MCD sealings: SC to hear plea on April 28

The Centre has asked for six months to enable local bodies to to identify roads where mixed land use could be permitted.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 13:45 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday fixed April 28 for hearing the Centre's plea seeking six months' time to enable local bodies to conduct a "ground level survey" to identify roads and streets where mixed land use could be permitted.

Solicitor General GE Vahanvati mentioned the issue before a Bench of Chief Justice YK Sabharwal and Justice CK Thakker which fixed April 28 for hearing the Centre's plea.

The Centre has also sought a direction to the MCD not to seal residential premises wherein commercial activities were being carried out during the six-month period.

Earlier, on April 12, the Centre had moved prayed the Court seeking directions to the local bodies to complete the exercise of identifying mixed use roads and streets in residential areas within six months in a systematic and organised manner as per provisions of the Delhi Master Plan.

"This request is being made genuinely in view of operational problems being faced by enforcement agencies, and the confusion prevailing in the minds of the residents and avoidable hardship likely to be caused to bonafide users of the mixed use policy," the Centre had said in its application.

Admitting "ambiguities and contradictions" in the matter of notification of the mixed land use in Delhi, the Centre had said it intended to set up an Expert Group of planners, architects and citizens to oversee the entire exercise and provide guidance to the local bodies.

The apex Court had on February 16 directed the MCD to take immediate steps to seal residential premises being used for commercial purposes here.

First Published: Apr 17, 2006 13:27 IST