Delhi sealing: Nearly 5,700 properties sealed by civic-bodies since Dec'17
Nearly 5,700 properties have so far been sealed by three municipal corporations in Delhi for allegedly violating provisions of Delhi Master Plan 2021. Housing and Urban Affairs Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said, North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations have sealed 2,655 and 1,995 properties respectively, while 1,043 were sealed by East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) after the December 2017 judgment of the Supreme court.
Why exactly are municipal corporations sealing and demolishing properties?
According to Puri, the three civic bodies have informed that they are taking demolition and sealing actions against the properties found in violation of the provisions of the Delhi Master Plant 2021 and Unified Building Bylaws 2016 on the instruction of Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.
Traders have called bandh several times regarding the sealing drive
Puri was replying to a question in the Lok Sabha. The sealing drive was launched by the three municipal corporations in late December 2017. Traders called bandh several times to protest the action against their establishments. To provide relief to traders, the ministry on June 21 notified amendments to MPD-2021 increasing the Floor Area Ration (FAR) for construction carried out beyond permissible limits.
STF removed encroachments (permanent structures) of nearly 200,000 sqm area
Puri also informed the Lok Sabha that the Special Task Force (STF), formed under the chairmanship of DDA vice-chairman, for removal of encroachments in Delhi, has also removed encroachments on a total area under permanent structures measuring around 199,382.3 sqm.
Nearly 6,000 vehicles confiscated during anti-encroachment drive
The Special Task Force has commissioners of all the three municipal corporations of Delhi as its members. Total areas, which were cleared under temporary structures, were around 652,308.3 sqm while roads, street, and footpath measuring 1,280.615km were cleared in the national capital. In Delhi, 5,964 vehicles and 15,892 items were confiscated during the anti-encroachment drive in the national capital.