Staff Reporter

New policy would be implemented from April next year

NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to do away with ad hoc trade licences and convert them into regular ones as part of a revised policy for grant and renewal of trade and storage licenses in areas under its jurisdiction. The new policy and new licence rates would be implemented from April 1 next year.

The decision was announced at a press conference by Leader of the House Subhash Arya and MCD Standing Committee Chairman Vijender Gupta on Wednesday.

According to the MCD, the new policy would help reduce hardships faced by businessmen and also help the staff of the licensing branch of 12 zones to process the cases quickly and in a transparent manner.

Mr. Gupta said: “Earlier we were giving ad hoc licences to businessmen. However, in the wake of the Supreme Court order and provisions of the Master Plan for Delhi-2021, the licensing of commercial activities in residential areas was cancelled. But now all ad hoc licences will be made regular. Moreover, earlier a no-objection certificate was also required from the Building Department and the Delhi Fire Service. No such permissions would be required now.”This will save businessmen from undue harassment. Though regular licences were introduced last year people did not benefit from it. Therefore we have renewed the policy and brought it up again,” he added.

Under the revised policy, regular trade and storage licences would be issued in commercial mixed land use areas, special areas and pedestrian shopping streets notified by the Delhi Government keeping in mind provisions of the Master Plan. Regular licences would also be issued for manufacturing activities running manually in conforming areas and for household activities in residential areas. In addition, regular licences would be issued for trade and storage activities licensed before February 6, 2007, in special areas except negative list of items.