MCD submits list of illegal shops in residential areas

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Even as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Monday submitted to the Supreme Court an affidavit containing a list of 428 instances of illegal commercialisation of residential properties in various wards, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party members in the MCD House asked the civic body not to blindly seal such properties and consider the issue of mixed land use as mentioned in the Delhi Master Plan 2021 and accordingly frame a policy soon.

In its affidavit, the MCD said of the 134 municipal wards, as many as 126 were affected by commercialisation. While 229 cases were of major violations where commercialisation of buildings was more than 50 per cent, the cases of minor violation stood at 199. The worst affected was the West zone with 81 cases followed by Rohini 58, Central 52, Shahdara South 50, Karol Bagh 42, Civil Lines 41, South 32, Najafgarh 28, Sadar Paharganj, City and Shahdara North 12 each, and Narela 8 cases.

After instructions from the Supreme Court, the Corporation officials of the 12 zones prepared a complete list of roads having a width of 60 feet or more with commercialisation and found that 393 roads in different zones were badly affected by illegal commercialisation of residential properties.

Meanwhile, the MCD has decided to convene a special session on November 28 to discuss the issue of commercialisation and use of farmhouses for wedding and other social functions.

Raising the issue, BJP councillor Vijender Gupta said the Delhi Master Plan envisages mixed land use in the city to meet the commercial requirements of people. He blamed the failure of the Centre and the Delhi Government to address the problem on time leading to present crisis that was likely to affect the livelihood of at least 5-lakh Delhiites.

"The present situation has arisen as the Delhi Development Authority that was supposed to develop commercial properties in the city failed to act leading to people opening shops in their residential areas to meet people's needs and demands. It is high time that the Centre, State Government and MCD framed a policy on the same, ensuring that these shops are not be closed as it will adversely affect shop-owners and their families as also ordinary citizens," Mr. Gupta asserted.

Later in the evening, Mayor Satbir Singh convened a meeting of senior councillors where it was decided that a special House would be convened to discuss the issue so that the interest of ordinary citizens was not hurt.