SC to decide fate of shops in illegal colonies

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New Delhi, Jul 6 (UNI) The Supreme Court will decide tomorrow the fate of commercial establishments operating from over 1400 unauthorised colonies spread all over Delhi, which are not protected by the Master Plan for Delhi 2021 (MPD 2021), so far as sealing of these premises is concerned.

A bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat had earlier permitted the commercial premises, protected by the MPD 2021 to operate till the final disposal of the petitions challenging the MPD 2021.

The apex court is examining MPD 2021, which also seeks to regularise about 1400 unauthorised, unregularised colonies spread all over the city and having a population of over 25 lakh.

The apex court has sought an explanation from the Centre, DDA and Delhi government whether they have provision for basic amenities like water, electricity, schools, roads, hospitals and public conveniences, among others, for these colonies.

The MCD, in its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court last Friday, has sought the permission of the court to defer the sealing operations in the areas which are not protected by the MPD 2021, on the ground that the DDA is going to notify more areas and roads, permitting mixed land use and therefore, no sealing should be carried out till the notifications are issued by the DDA, granting relief to the maximum number of traders in the city.

The monitoring committee, appointed by the apex court to oversee the sealing operations in Delhi, has also submitted its report to the court complaining that the MCD is dragging its feet in implementing the orders of the court.

The apex court had earlier directed the MCD to go ahead with the sealing of all commercial premises operating from unauthorised colonies as well as those premises which are not protected by the MPD 2021. MPD 2021 does not mention unauthorised colonies at all.

There are over three lakh traders in Delhi who are running their shops from residential areas.

The apex court is reopening tomorrow after summer vacation.

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