Staff Reporter

200 illegal commercial establishments targeted

  • Affected traders and people staged angry protests at four places in the city
  • Highhandedness of the MCD officials engaged in the sealing drive alleged

    NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi continued with its sealing drive on Monday targeting about 200 illegal commercial establishments across the Capital even as some confusion prevailed among the civic body squads on the businesses to be targeted. Though the drive remained peaceful and no untoward incident was reported, affected traders and people staged angry protests at four places in the city shouting slogans against the Centre and Delhi Government.

    During its drive in South Delhi, MCD squads targeted some well-known commercial establishments including the famous Bistro Restaurant at Hauz Khas Village. Similarly a large hi-tech gymnasium -- Power House -- in the same locality was also sealed for running in violation of the building by-laws. Both the commercial establishments were sealed following instructions from the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee that visited these places a few days ago. "The Monitoring Committee members were appalled to see how these places were being commercially exploited in violation of all building by-laws and provisions of the Master Plan. Bistro Restaurant was unauthorisedly situated in an urban village and had also encroached upon a historical tomb. The MCD squad also sealed Caravan Guest House at Nizamuddin East that was running without any sanctioned plan from the basement and two other floors," said a senior MCD official.

    People protested at Greater Kailash, Malviya Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Seemapuri and Darya Ganj against the alleged highhandedness of the MCD officials engaged in the sealing drive.

    "Printing press is not covered under banned trade but still a press was sealed at Darya Ganj on Monday. Similarly, unused godowns and shops are also being sealed," alleged Congress Councillor Brij Mohan Sharma.

    Similarly, Leader of House Jitender Kochar said a residential building at Masarovar Park that had come up before January 1, 2006, was demolished, even the officials who carried out the drive conceded their mistake. The drive was carried out in just seven of the 12 civic zones. More than 50 shops were sealed in Rohini Zone, while a similar number commercial establishments were targeted in Najafgarh and Shahdara (North) Zones. Elsewhere, the drive remained slow.