CAIT seeks time-bound implementation of 2021 Delhi Master Plan

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (UNI) The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) today demanded effective and time-bound implementation of 2021 Master Plan for Delhi.

Addressing a news conference here, CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal also demanded compensation and rehabilitation of traders badly affected by the sealing and demolition drive.

''In order to maintain centuries-old distributive character of Delhi trade, all business establishments as on December 31, 2007, should be regularised and strict laws and rules be framed for the future,'' he added.

Mr Khandelwal also advocated implementation of the Tejendra Khanna Committee report.

Strongly criticising the MCD for taking long time in de-sealing of shops and carrying large number of wrong sealing in different parts of Delhi, he demanded a Special Cell in the corporation to deal with the sealing issues.

The CAIT also lambasted the DDA for its lethargic attitude and inaction on several sealing issues, alleging gross violation of statutory provisions of the MCD Act, 1957 and the DDA Act, 1957.

It demanded a thorough probe into the whole episode.

''In the wake of sealing and demolition drive and the trading community being made the scapegoat even for the inaction and failure of local and other government agencies in discharging their functions as spelled out in three Master Plans of Delhi, the CAIT is of considered opinion that effective and time-bound implementation of 2021 Master Plan is the need of the hour.'' He urged the Centre, the Delhi Government, the MCD and the DDA to constitute a high-powered planning committee of experts to coordinate, integrate, evaluate and monitor implementation of 2021 Master Plan.

Mr Khandelwal said involvement of private sector with transparencies as envisaged in the Master Plan should be encouraged in order to attain timely development of Delhi.

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