SDMC Seals 51 Commercial Units In Defence Colony
As many as 51 commercial units in the posh Defence Colony Market in south Delhi were sealed on December 22 for not depositing conversion charges according to the provisions in the city's Master Plan 2021.
In a statement, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said members of a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee, Bhure Lal and K J Rao, were present during the sealing action.
"Both the members today reached the Defence Colony at 11 AM and instructed for sealing the first floor and above situated commercial units in buildings, from 1 to 51, as none of them had deposited conversion charges," the SDMC said in the statement.
The action was taken pertaining to all floors except the ground-storey.
"It may be recalled that the Defence Colony area was earlier known as shopping-cum-residential complex wherein ground floors of buildings were meant for commercial activities and first floors for residential purposes. After coming into force of the Master Plan 2021, the market was termed as local shopping centre; (owners) of the first and second floors were allowed to open commercial units on one-time payment of conversion charges at the rate of Rs 89,000 per sqm,” the statement read.
"It is understood that commercial units are being run in the South Extension, Green Park, Hauz Khas and Greater Kailash Markets," the civic body said.
Most of the commercial units at first and second floor had not deposited conversion charges though the civic body was pressing hard to do so, it said.
With inputs from Housing News