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MPD-2021 under judicial scanner

The new Master Plan would come up for judicial scrutiny before the Supreme Court on Monday, reports Satya Prakash.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2007 23:00 IST

Traders rejoicing over the concessions given in the Master Plan Delhi-2021 please hold on. The new Master Plan would come up for judicial scrutiny before the Supreme Court on Monday.

A Bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat on Thursday stayed sealing operations in the capital till February 12 when it would examine the new Master Plan notified by the Centre last night.

The court has already asked the Centre to furnish all the documents that went into the making of MPD-2021.

The court would hear the views of Solicitor General GE Vahanvati, Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar, MCD counsel Sanjiv Sen and other parties concerned on Monday to decide the fate of the new Master Plan.

Rejecting the Centre's plea to extend the January 31 deadline for filing of affidavits by traders putting residential premises to commercial use, the court had on February two asked the Government to place before it the background papers, documents and various committee reports that led to the framing of MPD-2021.

The Bench had said it would examine the Master Plan and its impact along with the Monitoring Committee reports.
On Thursday, Kumar requested the court to consider Monitoring Committee's Report No.28, in which it is understood to have complained that the MCD was not complying with its direction to carry out sealing on the 2,183 notified roads.

The court said that the MCD's plea to defer sealing operations was also there and all these matters would be considered later.

Defying the Monitoring Committee's directions on sealing, the MCD on had Wednesday moved the court to defer sealing operations in view of the new Master Plan that allowed liberal land use.

However, the Court clarified that it would first examine the Master Plan and the petitions and applications would be taken up on February 20.

The Committee on Tuesday directed the MCD to resume sealing against those residential premises put to commercial use along the 2,183 roads notified for mixed land use under the September 7 and 15, 2006 notifications.

Owners of these premises had undertaken to close down their shops by June 30, 2006 but failed to keep the promise.

There are about 6,700 such establishments whose owners were given another opportunity in November last to shut down but out of the 25,000 only 18,643 complied with.

The Monitoring Committee is of the view that the traders, who have once undertook to close down their shops, enjoy no relief under the amended MPD-2001 or even MPD-2021.

The Court had asked all traders along the 2,183 roads to submit affidavits by January 31 that they would close down their shops if the September notifications were declared illegal. Only 50 per cent of them have filed the affidavits.

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First Published: Feb 08, 2007 23:00 IST