Delhi Sealing Drive – Popular Delhi markets to remain shut for two days as traders protest sealing drive

Published Date - 03 February 2018 11:54:44 Updated Date - 03 February 2018 11:55:32

The Delhi Development Authority increased floor area ratio for local shopping complexes, reduced coversion charge penalties and regularised agricultural godowns amid the ongoing protests.

After the orders of Supreme Court, MCD is continuously carrying forward Delhi Sealing Drive. Subsequently, MCD is sealing all the shops in Delhi which are illegal commercial establishments running in the residential areas without any authorization. To resolve this issue, govt. had introduced Delhi Master plan 2021 which allows mixed land use policy, thus making commercial activity legal in residential areas.

However, this Master Plan 2021 was not sufficient to resolve this sealing issue. Accordingly, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) headed by LG has finally approved 3 proposals to amend Master Plan 2021 – Increasing Floor Area Ratio (FAR), Reducing the Conversion Charges and lastly, regularization of Agricultural Godowns.

This move of DDA is expected to provide huge relief to the traders from the on-going sealing drive for commercial establishments.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) approved on Friday proposals to provide uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential complexes, reduce penalties and regularise agricultural warehouses by amending the Master Plan 2021.

The move is aimed at providing relief to traders hit by a sealing drive on commercial establishments across the national capital since December 15 last year.

The permitted FAR in local shopping complexes ranges from 150 to 180, while the amended figure would be between 300 and 350 depending on the plot size, said an official who didn’t want to be named.

The Centre had suggested the changes, which were approved at a meeting on Friday chaired by lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, who is also the DDA chairman.

The DDA has sought public views on the amendments in the next three working days, following which it will have another meeting to finalise the changes.

“It has been proposed to provide uniform FAR in shop-cum-residence complexes on a par with residential plots as given on mixed use street which will depend on size of plot and subject to availability of parking,” said a statement issued by the DDA after the meeting.

Officials of the city’s three municipal corporations are supervising a sealing drive that started in January in accordance with instructions from a Supreme Court-appointed panel. Shops and restaurants that have not paid conversion charges — the premium for converting residential premises into commercial property — or have flouted permitted FAR norms were being sealed.

Apart from the DDA and Delhi government officials, legislators of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were present at the meeting.

The stakeholders approved the proposal to reduce the penalty for operating commercial establishments in residential areas. Currently, the penalty imposed on such properties is ten times the annual conversion charge for allowing mixed use in residential areas.

The new fine would, however, be just two times the annual conversion charge. Regularising the agricultural godowns on 12-metre wide roads was also approved.

“All the three proposals were passed at the meeting. Final decision will be taken after a three-day public hearing,” said Vijendra Gupta, member DDA and BJP MLA.

The Union housing and urban affairs ministry had on Wednesday reduced the period for public scrutiny of changes in the master plan to three days from 45.

The sealing drive had assumed political significance with the AAP accusing the BJP-ruled municipal corporations of harassing traders. The BJP, in turn, alleged that the AAP has failed to find a solution.

The DDA’s move comes at a time the Capital is staring at bypolls after MLAs for 20 constituencies were disqualified on office-of-profit charges. The case is pending in the Delhi high court.

Officials said the reduced time for scrutiny is intended to amend the laws urgently.

“However, the premises which have been sealed so far will not be de-sealed until the Supreme Court steps in,” the official said.

The AAP said lieutenant governor Baijal approved the proposals after pressure from the party.

“All demands of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal have been accepted,” said Somnath Bharti, an AAP lawmaker and DDA member.

 

Delhi Sealing Drive – DDA 3 New Proposals

Delhi Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Anil Baijal (also DDA Chairman) has presided over the meeting to take decisions to tackle this sealing drive. The decisions taken in this meeting includes these 3 proposals:-

  • Raising Floor Area Ratio (FAR) – The decision includes the extension of floor area ratio of Local Shopping Complexes (LSC) from current 180 to 300.
  • Reduction in Conversion Charges Penalities – Other important decision is to reduce the penalities for non payment of conversion charges from existing 10 times to only 2 times.
  • Regularization Of Agricultural Godowns – Govt. will regularize godowns constructed on 12 metre wide roads.
 

Shop owners in Delhi are now holding state wise protests against this sealing drive. Businessman has extended their full support for two day bandh organized by Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) against recent sealing of shops. Around 8 lakh shops and factories will participate in this protest and Delhi Market will remain shut for next 2 days.

 

CAIT is getting support for bandh from all shops, traders, businessman and factories across all parts of Delhi. Moreover, govt. will focus on legalizing 4th floor of sealing hit areas. Furthermore, there is increasing demand from CAIT to allow basement to get used for commercial activities.

 

 

 


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