MCD to start sealing drive from today

April 28th, 2008 - 12:40 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Apr 28 (ANI): The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will start its sealing drive of non-notified roads from today.
On March 10, the Supreme Court had asked the civic body to seal within three months all shops not covered by the Master Plan for Delhi 2021 or the central government notification of January 30, 2008.
The MCD had issued a notice asking owners to stop commercial activities within 45 days.
The Special Provisions Act gives relief to structures in unauthorised colonies, existing farm houses, slums and JJ clusters, schools, dispensaries, religious and cultural institutions, storage houses, warehouses and godowns used for storing agricultural products in rural areas built on agricultural land can avail of the scheme.
The MCD had earlier notified 2,183 and 355 roads respectively, which will not face sealing.
The sealing in Delhi began in 1996, when the Supreme Court ordered closure of small industries in the residential areas by Dec 31, 1999. By 2000, only 39,000 units had been closed, leaving a vast bulk untouched.
In February 2006, the MCD started sealing commercial establishments in residential colonies, only to end the drive in May 2007 after the Central Government introduced a bill suspending the sealing.
The bill, however, did not go down well with the Supreme Court, which in August 2006 termed it invalid and ordered the sealing to continue. (ANI)

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