Staff Reporter

Sealing drive resumes after eight days

NEW DELHI: The fate of traders whose businesses fall on 2,183 newly notified roads and have failed to submit their affidavits to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will be decided on Friday when the Supreme Court takes up the sealing case for hearing.

While the MCD on Thursday sealed 64 illegal commercial properties in residential areas on roads that are 80 feet or more in width, the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee held deliberations after receiving the status report on the filing of affidavits by traders.

Senior MCD officials also held a meeting in the evening and discussed the sealing case that comes up for hearing on Friday. The Monitoring Committee is also likely to submit its report before the apex court.

Unlike the registration process where over 3-lakh traders falling on newly notified roads got their shops registered, only 50,330 traders submitted their affidavits whereas around 1.85-lakh traders were supposed to complete the process.

Trade leaders believe that shopkeepers did not come out in large numbers to file their affidavits fearing that they might lose their shops in case the Supreme Court quashes the Centre's notifications. Legally it would be impossible to save the shops of traders who have filed affidavits. Moreover, they are also hopeful that the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 would be notified soon, bringing all their problems to an end, they added.

Meanwhile, during the day-long sealing drive on Thursday that resumed after eight days, MCD squads targeted 36 properties on Shah Alam Bandh Road between G.T. Road and Burari Road in Civil Lines Zone, while three shops were sealing at B block in Janakpuri in West Zone. Similarly, 25 premises were sealed on Joseph Broz Tito Marg between Moolchand flyover and Chirag Dilli in South Zone. Since the drive resumed on November 8, a total of 5,192 illegal commercial properties have been sealed.