Sandeep Joshi

Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee likely to meet today on the issue

NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has now decided to target illegal shops and businesses operating from Delhi Development Authority flats across the city, irrespective of whether these dwelling units fall on roads notified for commercial activities or not.

The sealing action will affect a large number of residents who have been running shops from DDA flats, mainly on the ground floor, for the past several years.

The Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee is likely to meet on Wednesday to discuss the issue. It will also take up the matter with senior MCD officials and direct them to seal illegal commercial establishments operating from DDA flats.

It might also order action against illegal shops operating in cooperative group housing societies (CGHS) flats in the city.

According to sources, the Monitoring Committee was of the view that at the time of construction of DDA and CGHS flats, proper commercial spaces and market places were also developed in and around these projects. Therefore, there was no question of allowing illegal commercial activities in these flats as it was a source of nuisance for residents and in gross violation of building bye-laws. The action would be carried out on all roads across the Capital, whether they were notified for commercial activities or not, they added.

Even the DDA, that has already handed over the majority of its flats to the MCD for upkeep of civic amenities, has warned erring residents to immediately stop misuse of their flats or else the Authority would cancel their lease.

"We have been observing that some allottees or occupants of DDA flats have made additions and alterations to their flats in violation of laid policies and procedures. We will initiate punitive action against such defaulters," said a DDA spokesperson.

The sealing action in DDA and CGHS flats will affect a large number of residents across the Capital, particularly in areas like Kalkaji, Amar Colony, Mayur Vihar, Rohini, Pitampura, Shalimar Bagh, Patparganj, Lajpat Nagar, Dilshad Garden, Sarita Vihar, Vasant Kunj, Kondli, Paschim Vihar, Janakpuri, Vikaspuri, Mayapuri, Hari Nagar, Patparganj, Madangir and Karol Bagh.

Meanwhile, MCD continued with its sealing drive in the Capital on Tuesday targeting 131 illegal commercial establishments in Civil Lines, Rohini and Karol Bagh zones. More than 90 illegal commercial units were sealed in Sector 11 of Rohini and on main road between Sachdeva School and Badli village, while 35 units were sealed on Timarpur Road from Mall Road to Outer Ring Road. Similarly, four units were targeted on Satyam Cinema Road.

The MCD has so far sealed 1,822 units across the city.