Live Delhi markets closed today: Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party’s trader wing and the Chamber of Trade and Industries are staging a Delhi Vyapar Bandh in protest against the ongoing sealing drive conducted by BJP-ruled MCDs. “Traders are being harassed by the civic bodies since the past month through sealing of shops. Traders’ Association has decided to hold a Delhi Vyapar Bandh on January 23,” Brajesh Gupta, President of the Chamber of Trade and Industries said. Nearly 80 units in markets falling in north Delhi, and upper floors and basements of 38 properties in a south Delhi market were yesterday sealed of alleged violation of civic norms, officials said. The action by the North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations were initiated by a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. Lt Governor Anil Baijal yesterday held a meeting with representatives of the three corporations in the national capital and the Delhi government over sealing and other issues, even as the civic bodies submitted their responses to the administration on the notification of 351 roads.
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10:30 am: South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat, who attended the meet at the Raj Niwas, said, both sealing and notification issues were discussed during the meet, and “how best we can work in the interest of people”.
10: 25 am: “We (SDMC) have submitted the response that was sought by the city government in connection with the roads notification issue. They wanted zone-wise details and, so we have furnished all of that to the urban development department,” she told PTI.
10:20 am: The matter originally pertains to the unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which was trifurcated in 2012 into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations (NDMC, SDMC and EDMC).
10:15 am: North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal, who could not attend the meet, however, said, the NDMC today submitted the details sought by the government.
10:10 am: East Delhi Mayor Neema Bhagat said the EDMC also submitted the details sought by the government. “As many as 56 of the 351 roads fall in the EDMC’s jurisdiction,” she said.
10:00 am: The three mayors had met Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain on January 12 in connection with the notification, and had agreed to submit details in 10 days.
9:45 am: “We have asked from the corporations proper paperwork to check compliance with the Master Plan of Delhi norms. I asked them to submit it in two days but they (mayors) said, they will submit it by January 22,” the minister had said on January 12.
9:40 am: The three civic bodies and the Delhi government have been engaged in a war of words over notification on 351 roads in the city for commercial or mixed-land use.
9:35 am: A senior government official had said, “2,550 roads were notified in 2006, but the 351 roads were left out,” without elaborating on it.
9:30 am: “About 80 units were sealed today in different zones of north Delhi, about 58 in Karol Bagh zone, 13 in Keshavpuram, five in Civil Lines,” a senior NDMC official said.
9:25 am: The SDMC in a statement said, in Hauz Khas Market, the sealed properties included “basements of three PSU banks –the SBI, UCO Bank and Bank of Baroda”. “We sealed upper floors and basements of 38 units in Hauz Khas Market,” a senior SDMC official said.
9:20 am: Meanwhile, the BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation today called a special meeting of its House to discuss the sealing issue.
9:15 am: “I have asked the commissioner to look into the case and suggest from a legal stand point, how much relief we can give to traders. I have also asked him to see if the penalty and the interest on due conversion charges can be waived off,” North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal said.
9:10 am: It is a ‘trade bandh’ and so shutters of the shops will remain closed in all markets and no commercial activity will take place, the CAIT said.
9:00 am: On January 15, the three-day session of the Delhi Assembly had begun on a stormy note, with the AAP legislators raising the issue of the sealing drive against properties which are allegedly in violation of municipal norms.
8:40 am: South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat, who attended the meet at the Raj Niwas, said, both sealing and notification issues were discussed during the meet, and “how best we can work in the interest of people”. “We (SDMC) have submitted the response that was sought by the city government in connection with the roads notification issue. They wanted zone-wise details and, so we have furnished all of that to the urban development department,” she told PTI.
8:37 am: The matter originally pertains to the unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which was trifurcated in 2012 into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations (NDMC, SDMC and EDMC).
Meanwhile, a group traders under the umbrella of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), have called for a bandh today to lodge their protests against the ongoing sealing of business establishments in the city.