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MCD for stopping demolition till Khanna committee submits report

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 13 (UNI) Amid noisy scenes by the Opposition BJP, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today passed resolutions in its General House urging Delhi government and the Centre to approach Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court for postponement of demolition action and action on sealing of commercial units in residential areas till submission of the report of the Tejender Khanna Committee set up to look into various issues pertaining to unauthorised constructions.

The House also passed a resolution urging the MCD commissioner to approach the Supreme Court to seek additional time for removing hawkers in the city till a plan was worked out for the rehabilitation of these people.

''Since work is going on for framing of the Master Plan 2021, we urge that demolition action by the MCD on unauthorised properties under section 343, 344 and 345 A of the MCD building bye-laws be kept on hold till the recommendations of the Tejender Khanna Committee report are submitted and incorporated in the Master Plan.

Till then, action should be taken only on the ongoing unauthorised constructions and encroachments on Government land,'' said a resolution by the House urging a halt to the ongoing demolition action.

In the resolution pertaining to hawkers in Delhi, the House said,''a plan should be framed by the MCD Commissioner to ensure that all the vendors making a living for themselves through unauthorised shops on pavements are not uprooted without working out an alternate source of livelihood for these people,''the resolution said.

Another resolution passed by the House urged defering of action on sealing of commercial units in residential areas of the capital, as per the order of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme court had ordered closing down all commercial units operating in areas having 80 ft or wider roads.

The resolution said that since many commercial units coming under the purview of the order were shops like that of barbers, confectioners, dry cleaners, general stores, chemist shops, educational institutes, nursing homes, coaching centres and bakeries that met the daily needs of common people, any action for sealing of these units should be put on hold till the high level committee set up by the Centre submits its report and till the implementation of the Master Plan 2021.

The MCD House urged the Delhi government to immediately pass the above resolutions in the ongoing session of the state Assembly and forward it to the Centre so that the Centre and the Delhi government could present the MCD's case before the Supreme court.

The three resolutions, introduced by Leader of the House Jitender Kochar, were on Thursday passed by the Standing Committee of the MCD.

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