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Hectic political activity in MCD for relief to sealed shops,Lal Dora

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Sep 12 (UNI) A decision on desealing shops dealing in trades covered under yesterday's MCD notification of commercial and mixed use areas but which were sealed under the Corporation's sealing drive will be made in a couple of days, thus promising some relief for thousands of such small traders.

An assurance in this regard was made to Leader of the MCD House Jitender Kochar by the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee dealing with the issue of sealing of shops in residential areas.

Talking to reporters after a meeting with chairman of the Monitoring Committee K J Rao, Mr Kochar said in the meeting with the committee members, he had urged tham to take a decision before September 16, on desealing shops of thousands of traders who had submitted affidavits that they would shift to trades which were exempted under the Amended Master Plan.

Mr Kochar also suggested that the Deputy Commissioners of the various zones in Delhi be given the power to deseal such shops after carrying out a survey of the areas falling under their jurisdiction.

Mr Rao, while giving a patient hearing to Mr Kochar, assured that a decision on the above issues would be taken in a couple of days.

Mr Kochar also urged the committee to make clear the situation on whether commercial activities could be carried out in the basement of the residential premises. To this, the committee members said a decision on basements would be made by the apex court after September 15.

The day also saw a hectic activity among MCD leaders for relief to various sections of Delhi's population.

The chairman of the Standing committee of the MCD Jai Kishan Sharma today expressed his concern over non-inclusion of rural villages in the September 8 notification by the Urban Development Ministry.

Speaking at a meeting of Lal Dora Committee constituted by the Ministry of Urban Development, Mr Sharma said though all other areas were provided relief owing to commercial activities, commercialisation in rural areas has not been taken care of.

He demanded that relief should be provided for Lal Dora/extended Lal Dora and out of Lal Dora areas and development of rural villages should be given priority.

Also present at the meetingwere former Home Secretary, P P Srivastva, Councillor Memwati Barwala, MLA Vijay Lochan, MLA, Divisional commissioner Narender Kumar and Chief town planner of MCD V K Bugga.


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