No sealings in Delhi from tomorrow: Reddy

The Centre has approved Delhi's new master plan which will be notified in a couple of days.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2007 13:35 IST

The Centre has approved Delhi's new master plan which will be notified in a couple of days, Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy announced on Tuesday, ruling out resumption of sealing drives from Wednesday.

"I have just now signed the MPD (master plan) 2021. It will be notified in a couple of days... 48 hours," he told reporters at an editors' conference on social sector issues.

The minister said the notification required this much time in order to come out with a Hindi translation of the new plan.
He ruled out the possiblity of sealing drives to resume in Delhi from Wednesday in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee, saying there were no commercial establishments left to be locked out by MCD squads for non-compliance of court orders to file affidavits.

"We will also try that sealing does not take place," he said.

Reddy spoke about plans to regulate construction in Delhi, saying the Centre proposes to set up an authority on builders to make them accountable.

The Centre, he said, was drawing up model legislation for states to ensure that builders address basic requirements of their customers.

Also, builders in Delhi would be required to provide housing to their labourers during construction, he added.
"Besides, we are encouraging housing for the poor, which involves 'in-situation' development of slums and using their land as a resource," Reddy said.

Under fire from ecologists over Delhi's new town planning, the minister promised that authorities would discourage activities posing threat to environment.

First Published: Feb 06, 2007 13:35 IST