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Sealing to continue, focus on west Delhi

Sealing to continue with focus on the sensitive West Delhi area.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2006 16:13 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Civic authorities are to continue on Friday with their drive to seal illegally built commercial establishments and will focus on west Delhi.

"Sealing is to take place at Mayapuri, Jail Road, Vikaspuri and Janak Puri areas in west Delhi," said Deep Mathur, public relations director of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

According to Mathur, these places are considered to be sensitive areas as there has been a strong resentment on the part of traders.

"MCD teams have been briefed that in case of any law and order problems, police personnel would talk to the traders and not the civic officials," added Mathur.

Traders, however, continued their relay hunger strike near Raj Ghat, for the third day.

"Our strike will continue till November 22, the day parliament's winter session begins," Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders, said on Thursday.

A series of meetingsof traders and members of Resident Welfare Associations (RWA)are to be held where they will put forth their demands to the government, said Ramesh Khanna, vice-president of the Confederation of All India Traders.

They are to urge the government to regularise these commercial establishments or provide specific alternative places.

Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit and BJPleader LK Advani, accompanied by delegations of party members, separately met PM Manmohan Singh on Thursday. They urged him to find a permanent solution to the problems faced by traders due to the ongoing drive.

"The PM said he will try his best to solve the problem," Dikshit said after the meeting.

So far 833 commercials units have been sealed since November 8, the day civic authorities started the sealing drive.

The sealed units include several guesthouses, restaurants, playschools and even some government offices. They were found to be violating Delhi's Master Plan that segregates residential and commercial areas.

First Published: Nov 17, 2006 16:13 IST