The corporations have sought the apex court to direct the monitoring committee to stop sealing for six months for traders. The decision came after the joint session in Delhi in which the corporations decided to stipulate an ASG to present their case before the top court.
Sealing in Delhi: The three Municipal Corporations of the national capital – North, East, and South – on Saturday decided to file an appeal in Supreme Court, requesting a six-month stay on the ongoing sealing drive. The corporations have sought the apex court to direct the monitoring committee to stop sealing for six months for traders. The decision came after the joint session in Delhi in which the corporations decided to stipulate an ASG to present their case before the top court. As per the report by the Indian Express, the joint House passed two resolutions – the first seeking temporary relief for traders from sealing by making an appeal in the court, and the second urging the Delhi government to take up the matter of the 2021 Master Plan with the Centre. The second resolution also seeks notification of 351 roads in various parts of Delhi as commercial or mixed-land use by the Delhi government. “If these roads are notified, the sealing will be halted,” an official was quoted a saying.
On the instructions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee, the corporations have been carrying out sealing drives with thousands of shops being sealed since last December. The shops were sealed for non-payment of conversion charges, encroachment, and illegal construction. As per the report, the joint session was called to chalk out a plan, but the House was marred by disruptions as AAP councilors entered the Well of the House, holding placards and raising slogans. The three mayors — Kamaljeet Sehrawat (SDMC), Preety Agarwal (North DMC) and Neema Bhagat (EDMC) — temporarily left the House and returned after the order was restored. Meanwhile, the Congress and the AAP hit out at the BJP alleging that its seven Lok Sabha MPs did not turn up for the meeting.
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On Friday, BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari while addressing a press conference had said that three committees would hold a joint session of the municipal corporations on Saturday. “In this emergency session, the three municipal corporations will pass a resolution requesting that the ongoing sealing of properties have stayed for six months. In these six months, the municipal corporations and the Delhi Government will complete the clarification work of formation of regularisation and conversion charge rules and put them in public domain,” Tiwari was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
He was also joined by mayors of the three MCDs – Preety Aggarwal Neema Bhagat and Kamaljeet Sehrawat. Hitting out at AAP-led Delhi government for allegedly misleading people of Delhi on conversion charge, Aggarwal said as per the paper, “The money collected as conversion charge has not been misused. Whatever little diversion of funds has been made in public interest, it is due to the Delhi government’s failure to give the civic bodies proper funds as recommended by the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission.” Tiwari, while alleging that the AAP government failed the people of the national capital by neither notifying commercial roads nor starting process for regularisation of unauthorised colonies”, Tiwari was quoted as saying further by paper, “They negligently filed an application before the Supreme Court seeking more time without submitting any work plan. As a result, the Supreme Court ordered that sealing will start under the supervision of the Monitoring Committee.”