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121 units put to seal, 1266 sealed since Nov 8

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New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) Even as the Supreme court today posted for November 23 the matter of granting relief to nearly 25000 traders whose shops lie in the notified areas, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today continued with its sealing drive, with 121 units in South zone and Najafgarh zones put to seal.

Of these, 101 units were sealed at Najafgarh-Nangloi Road falling in Najafgarh Zone. The sealed units included a major property running after the name of Eicher "Body Building for Automobiles.

In South Zone, 20 units located at Hans Raj Gupta Marg at Greater Kailash-I were sealed. The sealed properties include Gautam Regency, Airtel Guest House and Ganga Azure Guest House. Today's sealing marks completion of sealing operation at the Hans Raj Gupta Marg.

With the sealing, the total number of properties sealed since the drive resumed on November 8 is 1266.

The MCD also initiated encroachment removal action in Mangolpuri, in which 55 structures were removed.

Meanwhile, a delegation of traders, led by the Confederation of All India Traders, today met Union Urban development Minister Jaipal Reddy and demanded that the Centre bring a comprehensive development plan for Delhi including regularisation of all business establishments that exist as on December 31 last year.

Meanwhile, the United Residents Joint Action (URJA), the apex body of Residents Welfare Associations in Delhi, today urged the Delhi government and Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) to provide permanent solution for retailers, traders and affected communities by providing them alternative sites for rehabilitation.

In a proposal sent to the MoUD and the Delhi government, URJA called for ending the prevailing atmosphere of insecurity in the city.

The proposal calls for a three-step process of recovery and rehabilitation for affected people that also stands for the rule of law.

The three point proposal includes coordination between Delhi government and MoUD for the migration of such businesses as may be located in areas deemed residential to 'prepared' sites.

''We do not see any clash of interests. The solution lies between two truths - the court is right and so are the affected communities. There is a practical way out, and it is a concrete proposal to satisfy both parties. We do not see any problem except the lack of will of the Government or the selfish intent of a few groups who want to play spoilers,'' said Sanjay Kaul, President URJA, while presenting the proposal.

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