Staff Reporter

Civic body not willing to go ahead with the sealing drive

  • MCD may move the Supreme Court to seek directions on the issue today
  • Notification of the new Master Plan may bail them out of the peculiar situation

    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi appear to be heading for a showdown over the issue of sealing. On Tuesday the Monitoring Committee reiterated that the civic body has to resume the sealing drive on roads that are 80 feet or more in width from Wednesday, but the MCD officials, under pressure from the Centre, are not willing to go ahead with the exercise.

    The civic body officials held a meeting in the evening but refused to divulge the details. They even refused to comment whether sealing would resume on Wednesday. Sources in the MCD said the civic body might move the Supreme Court over the issue on Wednesday. With Union Urban Minister S. Jaipal Reddy announcing on Tuesday that the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 would be notified within 48 hours, the MCD officials are trying to buy time. On Wednesday they might move the apex court seeking further directions on the issue in view of the Minister's statement. They are also hoping that the notification of the new Master Plan by Thursday might bail them out of the peculiar situation.

    On the one hand the MCD authorities are under pressure from the Monitoring Committee members who want them to follow the Supreme Court's directions, but on the other they cannot go against the wishes of the Centre that announced that the sealing drive would not be resumed on Wednesday and also assured of immediate notification of the Master Plan.

    Coming out after a prolonged meeting on the issue, Municipal Commissioner A. K. Nigam refused to say anything. He refused to clarify whether sealing would resume from Wednesday.