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Centre, Delhi Govt conniving to destroy industry in Delhi: Gupta

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New Delhi, Mar 2 (UNI) The BJP today charged the Centre and the Delhi government with ''conniving together in a well organised strategy'' to destroy industry and trade in the state so as to provide benefits to multinational companies.

The party alleged failure of the government to place facts before the Supreme Court resulted in the apex court ordering closure of commercial units in all residential areas.

''Due to the failure of the government to place full facts before the Supreme Court, the harsh orders were passed by a bench of the court that all commercial activities running on 80 feet roads be stopped within 30 days of publication of the notice. The dealine is March 25,'' member of the Standing Committee of the MCD Vijendra Gupta told mediapersons here.

Mr Gupta said the MCD had issued an advertisement on December 10 last year that henceforth no new commercial use of residential buildings would be allowed in areas or streets falling under mixed land use.

However, this fact was not placed before the Supreme Court.

''Had the above information been given to the apex court, the judges would not have passed the harsh orders on February 16. It is clear that intentions of the government are not fair. The government wants to destroy age old bazaars in the city,'' Mr Gupta said.

He also described as "erroneous" and "misleading" the public notice issued by the MCD on February 26 because in case of more than 80 roads out of the listed 181, the government has already allowed running of commercial activities on residential plots in full or part thereof under the mixed land use.

According to Master Plan 2001, presently under implementation, the Delhi Development Authority had exempted 100 major roads from commercial use under its various notifications under the Zonal Development Plans.

''Not placing all the facts, notifications, orders and approved rules and regulations before the apex court tantamounts to misleading the Judiciary. All the officers, ministers and the Chief Minister responsible must be given exemplary punishment for contempt of court. Ms Dikshi should own moral responsibility and voluntarily resign from herpost,'' Mr Gupta said adding he himself would appear before the Supreme Court and place full facts before it so that the livelihood of thousands of people engaged in the commercial units could be saved.

UNI AR AK DB2005

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