SDMC Seals Wedding Venue In Chhattarpur, Traders Protest
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on December 26 sealed a wedding venue in Chhattarpur for having an "additional built-up area" in violation of norms as scores of area traders protested the sealing drive. The action by the civic body was initiated by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee. The move came days after the SDMC sealed 51 commercial units in the posh Defence Colony Market for "not depositing" conversion charges according to the provisions in the city's Master Plan 2021.
"As per instructions of the monitoring committee, the building department of the south zone of the SDMC sealed Ramaya Farm, being used for organising social functions," the SMDC said in a statement.
The civic body alleged there was an "additional built-up area" at the function venue in violation of the civic norms.
"As soon as the sealing team arrived, a large number of people gathered to resist the action. This delayed the action against other properties," a senior SDMC official said.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) urged both the Central and Delhi governments to swing into action and "protect Delhi traders from the onslaught of sealing", which, it alleged, was a "result of inaction, callous and lethargic attitude" of government officials.
"As per the law, traders need to be first sent a notice before carrying out any sealing. Why is the action being taken so arbitrarily," CAIT Secretary-General Praveen Khandelwal claimed in a statement.
He said the Chhattarpur Mandir Road had about 250 shops, eateries and motels.
"The MCD has failed to regularise several areas whereas the Delhi government has failed to notify 351 roads in various parts of Delhi, as either commercial or mix-land use road," it alleged.
With inputs from Housing News